St. Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Church - A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville
Meet Our Priests
Fr. Albert C. Sescon


Some things you might like to know about Fr. Albert Sescon

Rev. Albert C. Sescon served as the Parochial Administrator at St. Therese of Lisieux parish from July 1, 2011, to April, 2012, when he was  assigned as the Pastor.  He is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines but is serving the church in the United States.

Fr. Albert has been serving in the United States for many years serving in Texas and Michigan before arriving in Knoxville.  During the month of June, 2011, he was assigned to Holy Cross Church in Pigeon Forge, TN as temporary parochial
administrator. Prior to his arrival at St. Therese he had been serving as a chaplain at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and was a substitute priest for the Diocese of Knoxville, mainly at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in LaFollette and Christ the King in Tazewell.  He also celebrated Mass for the Filipino community at Sacred Heart once a month.


     DEACON DAVE



The Rev. Mr. David Gruseck is our new Deacon.  Deacon Dave is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.  In August, 2013, he will celebrate 45 years of marriage to Kathleen. They have three grown children and eleven grandchildren ranging in age from 10 to 21 years of age . It was the movement of most of their family to South Carolina and Mississippi that began their exploration of Eastern Tennessee as an option for resettlement.

 In 1999 at the age of 52 Deacon Dave was ordained to the Diaconate for service to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pa.  For the first six years following ordination he served at Risen Lord Parish, a merger of three urban parishes, on the North side of Pittsburgh.  Following his retirement from his 33-year career as a History teacher and coach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, he and his wife moved to the Butler/Prospect area of Western Pennsylvania, a rural community about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh.  Following relocation he was assigned to work on special projects for the Butler Deanery of the Diocese and to St. Christopher Parish, a community of about 300 families, for Word and Sacrament.  He served nearly eight years in that position in a broad range of ministries.

After relocating to Tennessee, Deacon Dave offered his services as a Deacon to the Diocese of Knoxville, who accepted and asked him to serve at St. Therese of Lisieux.  He has been with us since Easter,2013.



















      Fr. Tom Moser
 
 
On July 1, 2011, Fr. Tom Moser began his ministry at St. Therese of Lisieux as the Associate Pastor.  Prior to his assignment to our parish, Fr. Tom has served throughout the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee at:
 
   St. Stephen's Church, Chattanooga
    Our Lady of Fatima Church, Alcoa
    St. Dominic's Church, Kingsport
   Our Lady of Lourdes Church, South Pittsburg
 Shepherd of the Valley Church, Dunlap
  St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fairfield Glade
   St. Catherine Laboure Church,
       Copperhill
   St. Joseph the Worker Church, 
        Madisonville
   St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Lenoir City
 
Fr. Tom was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He studied at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he majored in music.  He also studied at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland obtaining a double major in English Literature and Fine Arts (B.A. Degree); and Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois, Philosophy of Religion.  Continuing his education, he attended post-graduate studies at St. Bonaventure University Franciscan Institute, Olean, New York.
 
Fr. Tom completed his seminarian studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin with a Masters of Divinity, Cum Laude.  He was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1994 (recently celebrating 17 years as a priest.)  He was once a Franciscan Brother.
 
His hobbies include playing guitar and keyboards and reading; his favorite authors being C.S. Lewis and Thomas Merton.
 
 
    
                                   
 
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