Sunday, January 3, 2021
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, 70, who said “the Holy Father and I both think it is time. No real story to tell.” Archbishop Gullickson recently discussed his “firm conviction that the only future for the Church is in its recovery of integral Catholic worship according to the Vetus Ordo” [Old Ordo], as well as the urgency of “stepping back from the Novus Ordo, especially when it comes to Eucharistic reverence.”
To prepare for a diplomatic career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1981.
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.
He joined the Vatican's diplomatic service on May 1, 1985 and served in diplomatic missions to Rwanda, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Jerusalem, Israel and Germany.
Gullickson announced in October 2020 that he would retire as nuncio at the end of 2020 and live in Sioux Falls.