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The Rev’d William Locke has been a priest in the Diocese of Rhode Island for over twenty-five years, having been ordained by Bishop George Hunt as deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994. He served as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, and then St. Paul’s, Pawtucket, from 1994 -2013. He has since served as Interim Rector in six parishes, most recently St. Matthew’s, Jamestown.
Fr. Bill grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A move to Boston brought his discovery of the Episcopal Church, completing college at U-Mass, Boston, and then attending the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. The move to Boston also brought the discovery of Bill’s wife, Ethel, now a physics teacher at Woonsocket High School. They have two adult daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.
Fr. Bill has been an Associate of the Society of St. Margaret (a religious order of sisters in the Episcopal Church) for 40 years, and is a charter member of the Society of Catholic Priests. He has previously served in the diocese as President of the Standing Committee, member of Diocesan Council, and Deputy to General Convention.
The Rev. Don Parker serves as the Assisting Priest at St. Thomas’. Fr. Don graduated from Berkeley Divinity at Yale and has served congregations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. At St. Thomas’ he assists with adult formation through St. Thomas’ School of Discipleship. and with healing ministries, as well as assisting the Rector when needed.
Fr. Don also serves as the New England Director of the Order of St. Luke – a fellowship of people interested in healing prayer. He enjoys teaching about healing prayer and helping congregations develop healing ministries. Fr. Don’s personal motto is “Doing and teaching the stuff that Jesus does.”
Fr. Don is married to Carol and has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren whom he delights in “spoiling”. When he is not involved in teaching and healing, he enjoys Doo Wop music, playing the accordion and melodica, and model railroading.