Meet Our Directors



Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 after earning degrees from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, commonly known as the Angelicum, in Rome.

Prior to answering the call to priesthood he worked several years as a stock broker on Wall Street.  Father Gillen currently serves as the Director of the St. John Paul II Society, where he works to raise resources for the work of the Friars and provides for the spiritual needs of the benefactors of the Shrine.

He also serves to promote evangelization through Blackfriars Media, and was former host of the weekly program “Word to Life” on The Catholic Channel (Sirius XM 129).

Associate Director

Fr. Thomas More Garrett, O.P., made solemn profession in the Order of Preachers in 2012 and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, on May 22, 2015, in Washington, DC. Before entering the Dominicans he practiced law and worked as a Congressional staffer. In private practice, his work focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and market regulatory compliance.

Fr. Thomas More received his JD in 2000 from The Pennsylvania State University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the school’s presidential scholarship and editor-in-chief of its law review. He received his STL from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC in 2015. During his time in priestly formation, Fr. Thomas More worked in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and as an assistant to the chaplain of the US House of Representatives. His recent scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, the Journal of Church and State and the Review of Social Economy.

Fr. Thomas More currently lives in New York City, where he serves as Associate Director of the St. John Paul II Society. He is also of counsel to Providence College in Rhode Island.