Thomas Gullickson

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Thomas Gullickson
Archbishop of Polymartium, Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
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OrdinationJuly 27, 1976
by Lambert Anthony Hoch
ConsecrationNovember 11, 2004
by Giovanni Lajolo
Personal details
Birth nameThomas Edward Gullickson
Born (1950-08-14) August 14, 1950 (age 68)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Alma mater
MottoProperantes adventum diei Dei
("Hastening the coming of the day of God")
Styles of
Thomas Gullickson
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Thomas Edward Gullickson (born 14 August 1950) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein since 5 September 2015, having been appointed by Pope Francis.


Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States, Thomas Gullickson was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Sioux Falls by Bishop Lambert Hoch on 27 July 1976. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, writing his doctoral dissertation in 1985 on The Diocesan Bishop: Moderator and Sponsor of the Ministry of the Word. A Comparative Study of Tridentine Legislation and the 1983 Code of Canon Law.[1] He joined the Vatican's diplomatic service in May 1985 and served in diplomatic missions to Rwanda, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Jerusalem, Israel and Germany.[2]

On 2 October 2004, he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Polymartium by Pope John Paul II. Gullickson received his episcopal consecration on 11 November the same year from Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, with Bishops Robert Carlson and Paul Dudley serving as co-consecrators.

Nuncio to Caribbean states[edit]

On 2 October 2004 he was made the Holy See’s liaison with Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – island nations in the Caribbean Sea. On 15 December 2004 he was also appointed to other Caribbean islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname, and Grenada.

Nuncio to Ukraine[edit]

Gullickson was named Nuncio to Ukraine on 21 May 2011.[3] He took the place of Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič who was appointed as Nuncio to Russia on 19 February 2011.[4] While there, Gullickson posted on Twitter and on his blog his criticism of Pope Francis regarding family planning, the Eucharist,[5] the Pope's criticism of the papal curia, and the Vatican's relations with Russia.[6][7]

Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein[edit]

Pope Francis appointed Gullickson Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on 5 September 2015.[8]

Views on liturgy[edit]

Gullickson has frequently written in favor of the traditional form of the Mass, with the priest facing East away from the congregation, as one of the steps to renew what he sees as a proper sense of reverence to the liturgy.[9][10][11]

See also[edit]

Thomas Gullickson's blogs[edit]


  1. ^ Pontifical Gregorian University Library Catalogue (OPAC), retrieved 12 January 2014
  2. ^ "Archbishop Thomas Gullickson: 'The nuncio should do everything to promote peace in Ukraine.'", Ukrainian Business Online, 17 October 2015, retrieved 12 January 2016
  3. ^ "Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson Named Nuncio in Ukraine". Religious Information Service of Ukraine. 2011-05-23.
  4. ^ "Vatican names new ambassador to Russia". 2011-02-21.
  5. ^ Gullickson, Thomas E. (24 January 2015), "Just an Impression?", Deo Volente Ex Animo (blog), retrieved 12 January 2016
  6. ^ Winters, Michael Sean (January 24, 2015), "Nuncio Disses Pope", National Catholic Reporter, retrieved 12 January 2016
  7. ^ Lamb, Christopher (29 January 2015), "Nuncio's tweets accuse Francis of being 'utterly wrong'", The Tablet, retrieved 12 January 2016
  8. ^ "Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson", The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church ( (web page), retrieved 12 January 2016
  9. ^ Gullickson, Thomas E., Island Envoy (blog)
  10. ^ Gullickson, Thomas E., Deo Volente Ex Animo (blog)
  11. ^ Gullickson, Thomas E., ad montem myrrhae (blog)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ciriaco Scanzillo
Titular Archbishop of Polymartium
Succeeded by
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Emil Tscherrig
Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Dominica,
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines,
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana,
Suriname, Grenada

Succeeded by
Nicolas Girasoli
Preceded by
Ivan Jurkovič
Nuncio to Ukraine
Succeeded by
Claudio Gugerotti
Preceded by
Diego Causero
Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein