The Rev. Canon Patricia M. Thomas

Former Precentor

Canon Thomas serves as the Cathedral’s precentor. She directs the worship life of the Cathedral, which includes more than 1,800 services each year. Prior to this appointment, she served as Special Assistant to the Dean of the Cathedral, managing special projects and developing programmatic proposals. She was installed as residentiary canon of the Cathedral on April 24, 1994. Canon Thomas teaches liturgics at Virginia Theological Seminary, from which she received her Master of Divinity cum laude in 1979 and Doctor of Ministry in 1988. She was ordained deacon (1979) and priest (1980) by Bishop Dean Stevenson, Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

Canon Thomas has served in chaplaincy, parochial, diocesan and cathedral positions. From 1992-6 she served as Canon to the Ordinary and Diocesan Administrator of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. Canon Thomas has worked extensively at the diocesan level in the Dioceses of Central Pennsylvania and Washington, serving in a variety of capacities including mission development, stewardship, governing bodies, supervision of persons in the aspirancy and ordination process, and communications. She participates in provincial and national church activities and is a member of the Washington Episcopal Clerical Association and the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer.

Canon Thomas is married to Dr. Hoben Thomas, professor at The Pennsylvania State University. They have two adult children and one grandchild. An avid swimmer, she also enjoys crafting colorful quilts and other needlework and reading theology, history, and science fiction.

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