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Father Tom is known for his popular television show, “God Squad,” co-hosted by Rabbi Marc Gellman. He appears frequently as a commentator on such programs as “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer” on CNN and “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Neil Cavuto” on Fox Cable News and the nationally syndicated “Imus in the Morning” radio show. Fr. Tom also has his own productions for Long Island on Telecare (Cablevision-Channel 29).

As an author, Father Tom has written Just a Moment – Life Matters with Father Tom and The Matter of Life and Death. He has co-authored four books with Rabbi Gellman for both children and adults, titled Where Does God Live?, which won the 1991 Christopher Award, Lost and Found, Bad Stuff in the News and How Do you Spell God? (with a forward by the Dalai Lama). This book was made into an HBO animated special which won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. Their most recent book is Religion for Dummies. Rabbi Marc Gellman and Father Tom write a weekly column for Tribune Media, which is syndicated in various newspapers around the country. The rabbi and Fr. Tom were recently named as “Long Islanders of the Century” in the category of Leaders & Activists in a poll taken by Newsday. Father Tom and Rabbi Gellman also write a weekly column for Chicago Tribune (which includes Newsday.)

Father Tom has been recognized for his professional and pastoral work by winning four Emmy Awards, a Telly Award, and numerous “Man of the Year” citations, and honorary doctorates.

Monsignor Hartman is the director of Radio and Television at Telecare, the television center for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He was ordained on May 29, 1971 and holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a graduate degree in Theology. In 1970, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Our Lady of Angels Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1979.