Tom Mahan, PhD, a retired graduate dean and psychology professor, after seven years in the seminary, turned to the academic world, where he spent thirty-five years. The religious world is his lifelong interest. He served as psychological consultant to two bishops, as diocesan director of faith formation or as school superintendent, and as director of synod implementation or diocesan planning. Blessed Pope John Paul II named him knight commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. The Theological College of Catholic University honored him as the second recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin Medal; the Citadel awarded him an honorary doctor of humanities degree.