Born in Houston, Texas, on December 27, 1934, Tony was educated in public schools there, attending Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Sidney Lanier Junior High and Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High Schools, graduating in February, 1953. He subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tony's name is Hilton Waldo Hearn, Jr. Tony is a nickname. His parents were Hilton and Thelma (Barker-Robertson) Hearn. His father was involved throughout his adult life in the commercial lumber business and his mother was a classical pianist and a music teacher.
Tony ran off from the University of Texas in his senior year in 1956 to live in New York. In 1957, he became a member of the Order of the Holy Cross, a monastic community in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church in West Park. He was known then as Brother John OHC.
While an Anglican monk, Tony read widely in the writings of Catholic authors. After reading Jesuit Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's The Divine Milieu, Tony decided to convert to the Roman Church. Father Thomas Bermingham S.J. of Saint Andrew's on Hudson, where Father Teilhard de Chardin is buried, received Tony into the Church at Saint Peter's, Jersey City, N.J., in 1961. Subsequently, after being in residence at Gonzanga Retreat Center, Monroe, N.Y., Tony became a newspaper reporter for the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Journal. He later became a journalist for several newspapers in the Hudson River valley region of New York State and in northwestern Connecticut.
Tony married an attractive young woman in New York and they became, over time, the parents of three children, a son, Christopher Michael, who died in an accident in 1983, and two daughters, Lisa Katherine and Ann-Monique. Don't ask him how, but the marriage was annulled by the Roman Catholic Church in 1982.
Tony returned to school in 1967 to complete a B.A. and a M.A. degrees. Subsequently, he taught at Alvin Community College near Houston and then at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in the '70s.
In 1982, Tony created a not-for-profit organization to operate the Angels House soup kitchen and the Scrub Club street ministry in downtown Austin.
In the early 1990s, Tony returned to the University of Texas at Austin to gain credentials to become a certified high school history and journalism teacher.
Along the way, however, Tony joined the special educational work of Richard Halpin of the Creative Rapid Learning Center in downtown Austin. He then met up with and teamed with a former Anglican nun, Sister Virginia Mary, to study the philosophy of Austrian clairvoyant and spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner, creator of the Waldorf School movement within the overall worldwide Anthroposophical Society. They became co-workers, for a year, at the Fellowship Community, an intergenerational residential community using holistic concepts, in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County, New York.
In 1994, Tony returned to Texas, teaching along the Texas-Mexican border in Zapata. He also taught in the Sylvan Learning Centers. He ended his teaching career in education in Laredo in 2002, having served at the Holding Institute.
Tony also studied theology and sacred scripture for several semesters at Oblate seminary in San Antonio.
Today Tony lives in San Antonio. He is involved in contemplation as well as maintaining a personal website, www.tonysjournal.com.
Tony acknowledges he has made many mistakes during his life. For these he is extremely sorry. He asks forgiveness from those persons he has wronged.
Link to Tony's Journal
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