Many new stars made their debuts in Hollywood throughout the 1980s, including a man by the name of Tom Cruise. He didn’t become successful right away since he started out in smaller parts. But eventually he was given the chance to prove himself as a leading man, and after that, Hollywood was never the same.
Tom Cruise, who was reared in a devout Catholic household, stated that being a priest was his first choice of profession. He made the decision to enrol in a Cincinnati, Ohio, Franciscan seminary when he was a teenager. He was inspired by Father Ric Schneider’s sermon to attend the seminary.
“Tom was instantly hooked; I think he wanted a good education. With his parents going through a divorce, it was tough on him, that’s maybe one of the reasons why he came here,” Father Schneider recalled.
Tom was a devoted Catholic when he was a young man, and after Father Schneider convinced him to enrol at St. Francis Seminary School, he soon found himself on the path to become a priest.
The actor’s best friend at the time, Shane Dempler, indicated that Tom was serious about becoming a priest, even though the priest claimed he believed Tom was drawn to the idea by the prospect of receiving a free education.
“He has a very strong Catholic faith. We went to Mass, spent time in the chapel and enjoyed hearing stories from the priests. We thought the priests had a great lifestyle and we were really interested in priesthood.”
The seminary school nearly refused to admit Tom, though. He scored precisely where the school’s IQ cutoff of 110 was on the test. He never performed well academically, but he was a star athlete and even joined the theatre club. Tom, though, had only spent two years in seminary.
Tom Cruise Path To Priesthood Ended When He Broke These Rules
When he breached the regulations, his road toward becoming a priest came to a stop. They would frequently sneak out and smoke cigarettes, to name one. But it was when he and Shane made the decision to take some alcohol from the Franciscans’ private quarters that truly put them into much deeper problems.
Tom was able to catch a couple bottles of booze that Shane flung out the window after breaking into the room and taking it. They managed to hang onto a little amount of the alcohol even though the majority of the bottle broke. Several of the other seminarians soon found themselves drinking in the woods once word spread among them.
Shane explained, “The school wrote a letter to our parents saying they liked us both, but would prefer if we didn’t return. So we weren’t kicked out, just preferred not to go.” As for Tom’s explanation, he admitted that his love for women got in the way of his path to priesthood.
He said, “I remember we used to sneak out of the school on the weekends and go this girl’s house in town, sit around, talk and play Spin the Bottle. I just realized how I loved women too much to give that up.” And that ended Tom Cruise’s ambition of becoming a priest. He then decided to try the acting career, and five years later, just before turning 20, he got his breakout role in the film, Taps.