Biography Rt. Rev. Msgr Thomas Peter Leonard

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Submitted: October 29, 2018

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Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas Peter Leonard/Thomas P. Leonard/Thomas Leonard died as a result of a fall on either 18 or 20 October 2018---accounts differ.

He has a surviving brother, John Leonard. His sister, a nun, is mentioned below.

Thomas Peter Leonard was born 18 February 1928 in Manhattan. His father, Peter Leonard, was the chief cashier for the archdiocese’s Calvary and Allied Cemeteries. His mother, Mary Leonard née Gannon, was a teacher. He was raised with his brother and sister in Morningside Heights.

After attending Regis High School, 55 East 84th Street, New York, New York 10028 he enrolled in Fordham University, Bronx, New York 10458.
This thorough saturation in Jesuitism explains many things.
He interrupted his studies in 1946 to serve in the Navy for two years and then returned to graduate.

After attending St. Joseph’s Seminary, 201 Seminary Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704 "Dunwoodie" he was ordained in 1956 and joined his first parish, Immaculate Conception, 16 North Broadway, Irvington, New York 10533.

Leonard has been described as "dynamic" and as having "feet on the ground". He didn't like sloth and preached against it---funny for a guy for whom there is no record of his having worked a regular job---except perhaps for his stint in the U.S.N.

He is remembered by the Marymount Manhattan College community (221 East 71st Street, New York, New York 10021) because his sister was a "beloved" faculty member at MMC (see below).

He was director of priest personnel for the archdiocese from 1973 to 1977. From 1977 to 1990 he was pastor at the Church of the Incarnation in Washington Heights (1290 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York 10033 (St. Nick has since been erased by the honorific Juan Pablo Duarte Boulevard) — a parish which has had a large population of Hispanics since c. 1955. Tom had a grand old time in Puerto Rico learning Spanish!

Leonard owns the dubious distinction in 1988 of turning the vacant Church of the Incarnation/Incarnation School convent into the Incarnation Children’s Center (142 Audubon Avenue, New York, New York10032-3622, 15,318 sq ft) built 1940 and worth about $2 million, a "residence" in Washington Heights to care for public-charge HIV-positive infants, thanks to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10022.
As the supply of HIV babies dried up, it morphed into a day-care center.

[COMMENT] It must be noted in all fairness to the U.S. taxpayer that Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) Democrat (is anyone surprised?) of New York once famously noted in 1980 that the government funded 50% of Catholic Charities‘ budget, commenting “private institutions really aren’t private any more.” As of late 2015 those estimates remain about the same, according to Leslie Lenkowsky, who served as the chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service under George W. Bush.
Continuing the sad tale of the assault on the American taxpayer, who is not supposed to be supporting any religion, Catholic Charities USA, the largest charitable organization run by the church, receives about 65% of its annual budget from state and federal governments, making it an arm of the federal welfare state, said Brian Anderson of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, New York 10017).
The Church and related Catholic charities and schools have collected more than $1.6 billion since 2012 in U.S. contracts and grants in a far-reaching relationship that spans from school lunches for grammar school students to contracts across the globe to care for the poor and needy at the expense of Uncle Sam, according to a 2015 Washington Times review. [END COMMENT]

He developed a relationship with Marymount Manhattan College through his sister, Sister Dymphna Leonard R.S.H.M., who served the College for almost forty years, until her death in 1992, as a professor of English, as the Chair of the Communication Arts department and as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The good Sister has her own welfare program https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/scholarships/16393-sister-dymphna-leonard-scholarship

Thank you, Msgr Tom, for founding Broadway Housing Communities (BHC), 583 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10031 info@bhc.org 212-568-2030, quite an address for people dedicated to giving away free housing. Give often: your $$ is 100% tax-deductible!

Later deployments included the cushy Holy Trinity Parish (213 West 82nd Street, New York, New York 10024) 1990-2014. He retired shortly after and served at St. Stephen’s of Hungary/(Szent István Római Katolikus Magyar Templom) (402-412 East 82nd Street, New York, New York 10028 (closed 2015 and has since gone mondo-condo) and then at St. Malachy’s, known as the Actors’ Chapel, at 239 West 49th Street, New York, New York 10019.

In 1998 he read the homily for "progressive" Peter Paul O'Dwyer (1907-1998): a fabulously wealthy America-hater, Britain-hater and "a white-maned, fiercely browed advocate" for anything and anyone not born in the land he despised. The law firm that carries on the O'Dwyer name today (O'Dwyer & Bernstien, LLP, 52 Duane Street, 5th Floor, Paul O’Dwyer Way, New York, New York 10007) REALLY LOVES illegal aliens.
Some called Pete an anarchist. YOU be the judge! While you are judging, remember the victims of the 1920 Wall Street Bombing and pray for the repose of the soul of Mario Buda alias "Mike Buda".


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