Meet the Friars in Formation

Rev. Br. Thomas More Barba, O.P.

The oldest of three sons, Rev. Br. Thomas More first began discerning a call to the priesthood when he was 12 years old. He was drawn to be a priest by God’s grace working through the religious, prayerful life instilled in him by his parents and his family’s weekly participation at Mass at his parish, St. Patrick Cathedral in El Paso, Texas. While at the University of Dallas, he worked in campus ministry and was assigned as an intern to Fr. Philip Neri Powell, O.P., who introduced him to Dominican life. Taking his religious name in honor of Sir Thomas More, he admires More’s dedication to the preservation of authentic religious freedom, his love of his family and devotion to the Church, his tenacious prayer life, and his belief in a liberal arts education. In his scant spare time, Rev. Br. Thomas More enjoys reading, exercising, baking, and listening to music.

Br. Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P.

Br. Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P., is from Spring, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009. Prior to joining the Dominicans, Br. Carl Joseph worked at St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center. The Dominican’s mission of preaching “veritas” — truth — and the variety of ministries of the Friars Preachers was a huge attraction to the Order for Br. Carl Joseph.  Br. Carl Joseph is currently in studies in St. Louis and has served at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann, Missouri, and St. Pius V Parish in St. Louis. He has also ministered to the incarcerated at the St. Louis County Jail in Clatyon, Missouri. Br. Carl Joseph entered Dominican life in 2011 and professed solemn vows on May 28, 2016 at Holy Rosary Church in Houston, Texas.

Br. Nicholas Reynolds, O.P.

Br. Nicholas is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. He went to Furman University where he majored in physics, and was actively involved with campus ministry. He was drawn to the Order of Preachers because of their emphasis on the contemplative life, community, and apostolic ministry. He is a student at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Br. Nicholas spent his pastoral year in Lubbock, Texas, where he worked with the students at Texas Tech University and at St. Elizabeth University Parish. In his free time, Br. Nicholas enjoys sports, exercise, anything about science, reading (especially philosophy and spirituality), and contemplating.

Br. Joseph Paul Albin, O.P.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Br. Joseph Paul is the third of four brothers. He attended the University of Missouri, where he first met the Dominicans. After working in the Newman Center in Columbia, MO, he moved to New Orleans and attended graduate school at Loyola University. He was also a campus minister at Loyola where his primary ministry was working with retreats and small faith sharing groups. When not praying or studying, Br. Joseph Paul enjoys Saints Football and live music.

Br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.

Being the youngest of five children, Br. James Martin fits right into another large family, the Order of Preachers. Originally from New Orleans, his first encounter with the Dominicans was as an infant when he baptized by fr. Albert John-Marie Coburn, O.P. He has received a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies from St. Joseph Seminary College and is happy to continue his theological studies at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. He enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and being a member of the WhoDat Nation!

Br. Anthony John Mathison, O.P.

Br. Anthony John is from the historic and beautiful town of Aiken, South Carolina. While baptized Catholic as a baby, he was later raised as a Southern Baptist. As a teenager, God began calling him home to the Church, and he completed that journey as a freshmen at USC-Aiken. Soon after that, his childhood dream of becoming a minister led him to discern the priesthood. Inspired by the rich history of the Order of Preachers, and the Dominican focus on orthodoxy, preaching, and contemplation, he entered the Province of St. Martin de Porres in 2014. Br. Anthony John is proud of his Hispanic and Celtic ancestry, as well as his Southern identity and roots. He enjoys worshiping in the liturgy, reading, writing, and teaching. His other interests include zoology, music, linguistics, Biblical studies, Patristics, theology, Catholic apologetics, historical research, Thomism, Eastern Catholicism, philosophy, and Christian mysticism.

Br. Kolbe Culotta

Brother Kolbe was born and raised Catholic in Texas where he fostered a love for the South. That love flourished as he attended Texas Tech University where he was introduced to the Dominicans by his new found friends. A vocation to religious life was not a part of his life plan until the spring before his last year at university. It was then he decided to take a leap of faith and join the Order of Preachers that he had grown close to while attending college. Taking his religious name after St. Maximilian Kolbe, he is continually inspired by St. Maximilian Kolbe’s self sacrifice and limitless love for his neighbor. In his free time, Br. Kolbe enjoys reading, listening to music and running.

Br. Greg Dunn

Brother Greg is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is one of three children in the Dunn Family. He graduated from Texas A&M University this past spring of 2016 before entering the Novitiate. In college, he found great encouragement in the witness of many fellow students and priests at St. Mary’s Catholic Center who followed Christ with their whole hearts. He was drawn to the Order of Preachers because of the Dominicans he met along the way pray with faith, live in community, study God’s Word, and preach authentically.

He enjoys hiking, baseball, and playing other pick-up sports. If you would like to learn some Fightin’ Texas Aggie Yells, feel free to ask him. Also, with a great bit of perseverance, he is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and can only hope that this is finally the year for them.

Br. Michael Mary Hill

Brother Michael was raised in Katy, Texas, where he and his family were members of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. As a child he developed a strong devotion to Christ crucified and formed a strong relationship with God the Father through personal prayer. With a zealous interest in matters of existence, purpose, faith, and morals, he began to thirst for a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith, teachings, and traditions. After high school he really began to discern serving God’s people more fully.

Upon completion of a degree in Psychology at the University of Houston, attending both an ACTS and Ignatian silent retreat, Br. Michael was drawn into a fuller faith in Christ. He met the Dominican Friars at Holy Rosary Parish in Houston. After attending the “Come and See” weekend in February 2016, Brother Michael felt the call to serve in this community. It was the charism of itinerant preaching, the importance of community life, and the balance between prayer and study which ultimately lead him to apply to the Order of Preachers. With his creative energy, he enjoys many activities including the outdoors, reading, crafting, art, exercising, playing guitar, percussion, sports, and more.

The Catholic Church in the South needs more Dominican priests and brothers. Is God calling you to be a Dominican Friar (priest or brother)?

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