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. Dante began his ministry at St. Thomas on June 1, 2020 having been called as the Priest-in-Charge.  On March 09, 2022 Dante was elected as the 9th Rector of St. Thomas.  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 Rector at