Thomas Lynn

“I always look forward to the next week coming. It’s a strange thing doing things for others…you can help yourself by helping other people.”

 

Interviewee: Thomas Lynn

Interviewer: Jenny P., Grade 12

Interview Date: March 2, 2015

Interview Location: St. Cecelia Parish, Boston, MA

 Student Reflection:

Tom is an ex-convict who was released from prison in 2011 after serving more than 20 years. When he was released he needed a reintroduction to society so he went to Brook House. Tom enjoys the spirituality that St. Cecilia has to offer him and he goes every Monday night to Prison and After not only for himself but to help others in their struggles as well. He has given big speeches at well-known colleges in Boston and does one-on-one counseling. Activism is important to Tom in many different ways as he has worked through his past mistakes that led him to prison and today forgives himself for it and helps himself by helping others.

 

“Peg and the volunteers do so much for these guys.”

“When you come to a place like this you really learn the people are really good and really nice and people are out to help you and not to get you.”

“I needed people around me that are good examples.”

“Coming here is going to put the cherry on the ice-cream because things are really working out for me at St Cecelia’s.”

“I get a pretty good outlook on life at St. Cecelia’s”

“These people here help you see the big picture.”

“I get along with these guys because I’ve gone through what they have gone through.”

“I always look forward to the next week coming. It’s a strange thing doing things for others…you can help yourself by helping other people.”

“Activism means get up and do something…help somebody.”