Tom Kroll has been in the Diocese of Superior’s diaconate formation program since 2012, first completing the diocesan course on servant leadership. He then spent two years as an aspirant in the diaconate program being coordinated through the Diocese of Lacrosse and is in his second year of candidacy. He is in discernment of a potential ordination sometime in the summer or fall of 2018.
Born in Chippewa Falls and raised in Eau Claire in a devout Catholic family of nine children, Kroll is a 1972 graduate of Regis High School. He completed his undergraduate education at UW-Eau Claire in biology in 1977 and his graduate work in plant pathology at Virginia Tech in 1983.
His professional life has been devoted to the area of agricultural chemicals, having worked for a number of international companies throughout his career. For the last 10 years he has been with Nufarm, an Australian company.
Married to Sue in 1977, they are the parents of two sons and a daughter and the grandparents of one child. They are members of St. Patrick Parish, Hudson, where he is a long time choir member, coach and teacher — from CCD to confirmation to RCIA. He has participated in numerous committees and councils and remains active in the Knights of Columbus and committees such as Sister Parish — Guatemalan mission.
Kroll also brings Communion to hospital patients and occasionally covers for the deacons in visiting homebound people and providing Communion services. In addition to the Mass, he is a strong proponent of prayer and participant in Eucharistic adoration.