Tom Perna is originally from New Jersey, but grew up in Scottsdale and am a cradle Catholic. Tom attended the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco where he earned a Bachelors in Philosophy. Tom holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as a Masters in Education. Tom is also a Catholic blogger and speaker. He writes at

At St. Mary Magdalene, he oversees the Porta Fidei Adult Faith Formation Program, which offers opportunities for adults to equip themselves in understanding our Catholic faith through a wide range of catechetical studies.