His Grace Bishop Thomas Will Serve Divine Liturgy January 23

We are pleased to announce that His Grace Bishop Thomas will serve Divine Liturgy at Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing on the feast of Saint Gregory of Nyssa, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 am.  Immediately after the Divine Liturgy, His Grace will serve a memorial service for his mother, the newly departed handmaiden of God Sylvia Jean Joseph.

Since our inception, His Grace Bishop Thomas has been supportive of our efforts at Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing.  We are honored to welcome him for Divine Liturgy.

Prior to his consecration to the episcopacy, His Grace served as the pastor of Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pinellas Park, Florida.  On December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.

Bishop Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, he was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University.  His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.  In 2005 and 2017, Bishop Thomas gave the commencement address at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.

His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including “The Sanctification of Our Parish Life,” “Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars,” “Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians,” “An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox Christians” “Sanctified Schooling: Working out Salvation Within Education,” “Instructing Your Spiritual Children for Salvation,” and the “Orthodox Christian Witness” series. He also co-authored “The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America,” “The Domestic Church as Foundation for Youth Formation in the Orthodox Faith, ” “Guiding the Ark of Salvation – The Theanthropic Role of the Bishop,” “Fidelity in the Life of Christ” and has given presentations for the St. Tikhon’s 2016 Continuing Education program including “Instructing your Spiritual Children for Salvation Through Faith in Christ Jesus: The Role of the Pastor in the Lives of Young People” and “Introduction to Orthodox Homeschooling.”  Other articles include “Orthodox Christian Witness Through a Vibrant Parish Spiritual Life,” “Holy Hierarch Nicholas: Patron of Children and Model for Parents,” “Sacred Music in the Holy Orthodox Tradition,” “Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem: The Spiritual Benefit of Frequent Communion,” and “Seeking First the Kingdom of God.”

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