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Archbishop Thomas Gullickson has retired

Archbishop Gullickson, Papal Nuncio to Switzeland, to return to Sioux Falls

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.”

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 July 27, 1976.

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.

Pope Francis appointed Gullickson Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on September 5, 2015.

Gullickson announced in October 2020 that he would retire as nuncio at the end of 2020 and live in Sioux Falls.