The Saint Michael Thriller Series centers around a complex man, Father Michael Thomas. He thought he knew the limitations and answers to such questions. That was before he killed a man in a dark back-alley in Bogota. Now, he’s no longer sure where the boundaries lie…
Full Name/DOB: Michael Andrew Thomas, November 1, 1980
Parents: Francis (Frank) and Mary Thomas
Birthplace: Saint Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Education: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (1998-99), Western New Mexico State, Silver City (1999-2002)
Hobbies: Hiking, Rugby, Cooking
Employment: Silver City Police Department, Intern and Patrol Officer (1999-2007). Seminary of the Holy Trinity, Graduate Student (Archdiocese of Santa Fe, 2007-12). Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quito, Priest (Ecuador, 2012-2015). Archdiocese of Bogotá, Priest (Columbia, 2015-2018). Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Priest (2018-Present)
Clerical Ratings: Michael’s monsignors consistently rate his performance as “Exceeds Expectations” or “Exceptional.” Most all of them also noted his continual practice of questioning the processes and directives of the Church whenever he perceived conflict with his own understanding and interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, Catechism, and foundational doctrines such as Summa Theologica.
Born on All Saint’s Day in rural New Mexico, Michael grew up on his family’s ranch between Santa Fe and Española. Surrounded by cows, alfalfa, and the Roman Catholic church, his family walked an annual pilgrimage to San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe. Frank and Mary Thomas sold the ranch and moved to Santa Fe in the late 1980s during the state’s water crisis.
His parents’ unorthodox teachings included the history of All Saints’ Day, as well as its proximity to Samhain (pagan), Halloween (secular), Dia de los Muertos (Mexico), and Islamic month of Muharram (Shia Muslim).
Michael served as an altar boy growing up and developed a close mentor relationship with Monsignor Eduardo Hernandez, whom he calls “H” and “Father Jerry Garcia” for his appearance.
Although he started Theology Studies at University of New Mexico in 1998, its anti-Catholic environment drove him to transfer to Western New Mexico State. He worked for the Silver City Police Department as a Police Intern (1999-2002) as a Records Technician in the Crime Lab. Michael completed degrees in Theology and Spanish in May of 2002 and started the New Mexico State Police Academy the following month.
Michael remained in Silver City and worked as a Patrol Officer for SCPD (2002-2007). Among a few specific achievement citations and recognition, his peers named him Officer of the Year in 2005 for his selfless efforts to save a family from their overturned SUV. Although he loved the camaraderie and “hooking, booking, and cooking” the bad man, Michael didn’t find the intrinsic satisfaction he expected from the job. His supervisors and colleagues routinely described him as a motivated and compassionate worker, and Michael consistently stayed near the top of the department’s tracked statistics in number of arrests, cases, and hours donated to community organizations. First documented questioning of authority over discretionary use of his time between service calls. He resigned from SCPD in 2007 after being admitted to a graduate degree program at Seminary of the Holy Trinity.
Michael completed his seminary studies and earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy in 2012. After gaining admission to the Roman Catholic Church’s clerical staff, he departed the US for a posting in rural Ecuador. Served in a village frequently accosted by armed rebel faction, successfully maintained church as refuge for all. Donated additional time to parishioners and local villages teaching self-defense martial arts to women and children.
Transferred to Bogotá in 2017 to help relieve clerical shortage there. Assigned to La Iglesia de San Francisco, overseen by Monsignor Manuel Medina. Medina reported minor concerns that Michael may be inclined to follow personal interpretation of Scriptures and Catechism if new directives, understandings, and edicts are issued.
BISHOP HOFFABURR’S RECOMMENDATIONS
While Michael may be a potential candidate for this program, we must fully investigate his position on ecclesiastical dissonance and how he expects to resolve such. His belief in the traditional readings and understandings must be firm and absolute.