Religious Staff

Fr. Thomas Asher grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1993, working in the aviation industry afterwards. He began his seminary studies in 1999 and was ordained a priest for the Society of St. Pius X in 2005. Father spent his first year in St. Mary’s, Kansas. After that he spent 7 years as a seminary professor at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and 1 year at Holy Cross Seminary in Australia. Father Asher has been in Los Gatos as Prior and Retreat Master since 2014.

Fr. David Nichols was born in New Jersey and grew up near Saratoga, NY. He answered God’s call to the priesthood and began his formation as a priest of the Society when the seminary was located in Connecticut. Ordained in 1992, he has been assigned to priories of the SSPX all over the world, including England and Ireland.  His last assignment was in Florida, and he is now here at our retreat house for the second time in the course of his priestly ministry.

Fr. Patrick Mackin was raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Mary’s College and entered the seminary in Winona in 2004. He was ordained in 2010 and has had many assignments all across the U.S.A. Fr. Mackin has been in Los Gatos since 2018, taking care of the faithful at the Chapel of St. Athanasius and teaching at St. Thomas More school in San Jose. He is also chaplain for the Holy Name Society.

Fr. Luke Washicko grew up in Southern California. He entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2015 when it was located in Winona, MN and was ordained in 2022 at Dillwyn, VA. The Priory in Los Gatos is his first assignment out of seminary as a newly ordained priest. Here, Fr. Washicko cares for our faithful in Sacramento and Chico, CA and teaches 9th and 10th Grade Religion at St. Thomas More School in San Jose.

Fr. Joseph Skees was raised in St. Mary’s, KS. A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy as well as St. Mary’s College, Fr. Skees entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2015 along with Fr. Washicko and was ordained with him in 2022. As his first assignment, Fr. Skees takes care of our priory parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and assists Fr. Asher with preaching retreats.