Jesuit Father Thomas Lawler has been appointed to be the next provincial of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. The appointment was made by Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás, and it will take effect in June 2011. Fr. Lawler will succeed Jesuit Father Thomas Krettek.
Fr. Lawler, 46, is the Vocations Director for the Wisconsin Province and will continue in that role until June. He is a native of Wauwatosa, Wis. and graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee and the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1987. After studies at Creighton University in Omaha and Gonzaga University in Spokane, he taught at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.
He studied theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. and was ordained a priest in 1999. He earned a degree in social work at Loyola University in Chicago, and then was missioned to work at the Sioux Spiritual Center near Plainview, S.D. In 2005, he joined the province staff in Milwaukee as Assistant for Pastoral and Retreat Ministry, and he became Vocation Director for the province in 2006.