Deacon Thomas Olson Pilot photo
This is the seventh in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.
"A salesperson for Christ" -- that's what a Jesuit father at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester suggested Deacon Thomas Olson might be called by God to become.
It was 2003. Deacon Olson had graduated the year before from the Jesuit college and was working in the sales department of a Marlborough-based company. Although he was happy with his job, and was regularly exceeding sales quotas, he felt unfulfilled.
"I was working 70 or 80 hours per week, but I kept thinking, 'What is it I truly want?'" he recalled. Occasionally, he would find himself daydreaming about becoming a priest.
"At first I was horrified at the thought," laughed Deacon Olson.
According to Deacon Olson, although he had been raised in a strong Catholic family, "the notion of me becoming a priest was foreign to me."