Biography of Father Thomas

Biography of Father Thomas Joseph

Father Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1953, attended John F. Kennedy High School, and graduated in 1970.

Following high school he enrolled in William Paterson College where he graduated in 1974.

After college Father Thomas was employed by the City of Paterson to work in the Department of Community Improvements.

After a short time, Father Thomas was promoted to an instructional position with the Paterson Board of Education.

When Antiochian Village children's summer camp opened, Father John Namie placed Father Thomas on staff from 1979 to 1982.

In the fall of 1979, Father Thomas began theological studies on a part-time basis at St. Vladimir Seminary. In July, 1982, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Saliba ordained Father Thomas sub-deacon. Father Thomas continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to the Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.

In 1984, Father Thomas was assigned to St. George in Houston, Texas. In this parish he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. During his stay in Texas, the Archdiocese directed him to oversee Christian Education and later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region. In July 1988 Father Thomas was elevated to the Diaconate by His Eminence the late Archbishop Michael Shaheen.

On the most blessed day of August 28, 1994, Deacon Thomas Joseph was elevated to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Antoun Khouri.

Father Thomas served as assistant pastor of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of St. George, Houston, Texas from August 1994 to August 1996.

On August 15, 1996, Father Thomas was appointed pastor of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of St. Nicholas in Pinellas Park, Florida.

Since 1996, Father Thomas has served in various capacities in addition to his full-time clergy duties. He was appointed to the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany and City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for the last three years; past President and current Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches; and currently a graduate student at California Coast University seeking a doctorate in education. In July 2002 Father Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Antiochian House of Studies, the Balamand Seminary and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology.

On February 15, 2004 Father Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by His Grace Bishop Antoun.

While engaged in all of these other activities in furtherance of the Orthodox faith, Father Thomas has been tireless in his efforts to provide spiritual guidance and education to the community of St. Nicholas Church.

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