Thomas C. McLeod, O.S.A.

1892 – 1952 (December 24)

Thomas Corjea McLeod was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 2, 1892, to Thomas McLeod and Katherine McDonough, and spent his early years in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He returned to Philadelphia for his high school years and then worked as a banker and broker’s clerk. He entered the novitiate at age 20 in June 1912, and professed simple vows on June 20, 1913. He was solemnly professed on June 23, 1916 vows, and pursued his studies of philosophy and theology at Villanova College. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1919, at the Overbrook Seminary by Denis Cardinal Dougherty.

Father McLeod’s his first assignment was as rector of postulants, in 1920. He remained in this position for two years and, from 1922 to 1941, served on the Mission Band of the Province. For a period, he served as its director. In 1938 he was elected a definitor of the Province. 

In 1941 Father McLeod was assigned as prior and pastor of Saint Thomas of Villanova Parish, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, and in 1946 was named prior and pastor of Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. While there, in 1947, he purchased property in Flourtown and in 1949 blessed Saint Mary’s Chapel there. During this time he served on the Province’s Building Committee.

Father McLeod died in Misericordia Hospital on December 24, 1953. His Requiem Mass was offered at Our Mother of Consolation Church, after which he was buried at Villanova.