Seminarian Brother Thomas Aquinas Pickett, 25, is in Anchorage for his one-year field assignment — a period of training that all Dominican student brothers complete as part of their eight-year formation for the priesthood.
A graduate of Gonzaga University and Bishop White Seminary, Brother Pickett has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a passion for utilizing creative ways to spread the Gospel.
Raised in Ellensburg, Wash., Brother Pickett’s parents were piano professors who passed on a love for music to him and his younger sister. His affinity for music includes a deep appreciation for the church organ.
According to the Western Dominican website, after Brother Pickett spent three years in a diocesan seminary, he felt called to join the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans because it was founded by Saint Dominic.
“He is looking forward to sharing the richness of Catholic education with everyone, as well as being a part of the New Evangelization,” the website states.
He hasn’t wasted any time getting started. Brother Pickett is already a regular contributor to the Western Dominican’s blog and regularly publishes videos and short articles about hot-button and pressing issues facing the church and the culture at large. Some of Brother Pickett’s latest contributions to the blog are titled: “Christian Selfies,” “The Virtue of Religion,” “Rubrics & Superstition,” “Dominican Renewal after Vatican II,” and “Holy to the Core,” among others.