Holy Ghost Welcomes
Fr. Thomas J. Paickattu Ph.D.
Pronounced As: (Pie-Cut)
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has announced Fr. Thomas’s assignment to Holy Ghost as Parish Administrator, with full parish responsibility. Fr. Thomas is expected to stay at Holy Ghost for six years. Currently, he is a religious of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate based in India, and has petitioned to incardinate in the Archdiocese. This process has begun.
He was born in Ernakulam, Kerala, (God’s Own Country), India, on August 5, 1968. He was ordained on December 29, 1999 after 16 years of religious and priestly formation. Fr. Thomas received his licentiate and doctorate in Moral Theology from the Academy of Alfonsiana at The Lateran University in Rome. He was a professor of Moral Theology, Social Ethics and Christian Bio-Medical Ethics for two years prior to his arrival in the USA. Appreciation to John and Julie Condon his spiritual parents for providing Fr. Thomas a smooth American transition. Father has a spiritual devotion to the Blessed Mother of The Word and his Patron Saint is St. Thomas the Apostle. His favorite scripture is “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” 2 Cor. 12:9.
Fr. Thomas lives by this personal motto: "No human person shall ever suffer on account of me.”
His parents are farmers, they have a pineapple, banana and rubber plantation, in Kerala, India. Father shares that his home, “Is a sweet home! I feel that my home is a miniature model of heaven on earth. My family gathers daily for evening prayers, which include recitation of the rosary and the Divine Mercy, every day, with no exception, this practice keeps us united. Father has one brother and three sisters, one is a nun. His home is a place where there are sweet pineapples, delicious nuts, fragrant spices, many different types of bananas, and the coconuts grow abundantly.
He is an avid sports fan. His favorite sports to play are volleyball, basketball and badminton. Some hobbies of his are doing Christian Yoga and manual labor.
New Mexico foods that are Fr. Thomas’s favorites include enchiladas & burritos. He enjoys cooking Indian food and his specialty is biriyani, a spicy Indian dish.
Holy Ghost Parish welcomes and is excited to have Fr. Thomas in our parish, we look forward to having him as our Pastor.
¡Todo lo mejor!
Interviewed by: Donna Jo Doporto, Office Assistant