St. Thomas Episcopal Church

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The Reverend Dante A. Tavolaro

The Rev’d Dante A. Tavolaro has served St. Thomas Church since June 2020. He is a 2011 graduate of Rhode Island College (BA in Political Science), a 2017 graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (Diploma in Anglican Studies), and a 2017 graduate of Yale Divinity School (MDiv). He was ordained by Bishop Knisely as a deacon in June 2017, and as a priest in December 2017. Prior to coming to St. Thomas he was the Associate Rector of St. Luke’s, East Greenwich and Chaplain at Rhode Island College. Before ordination he was a lay church professional serving on the staff of St. Martin’s, Providence and St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, Narragansett. In addition to his parish duties, Dante serves as a Board Member of the Episcopal Conference Center, a Board Member of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Chair of the Resolutions Committee for Diocesan Convention, Deputy to General Convention (2009, 2012, 2015, 2021), and is an Associate of the Society of St. Margaret (a religious order of sisters in the Episcopal Church. You may contact the Priest-in-Charge at

The Reverend Don Parker
Assisting Priest

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.