Father Thomas Merrill is the Rector/Pastor of the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and is the Guardian of the local Friary.
He is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, born there in March, 1950. He was raised, along with one sister a year and a half my junior, in a suburb of Minneapolis, attending Catholic grade and public high schools, celebrating my 50th year of graduation in June.
Fr. Thomas professed Solemn Vows in 1977, and being ordained in 1979, he served in parishes in Louisville, KY, and Milwaukee, WI. Followed by teaching school in New York, Texas and Wisconsin.
From there, he worked in our Franciscan Missions in Costa Rica for three years, and again in Postulant Formation. He also served as Pastor of San Jose Parish in Carlsbad, NM.
After a sabbatical year in Israel, the Vatican, and Ireland he served for many years in Minnesota. After another sabbatical spent in England, India, Rome, Greece and Turkey, he returned to another parish in Minnesota and then at St, Mary’s Parish in New Albany, Indiana, and was very recently assigned to be Pastor of the parish here and Rector of the Shrine as well.