Thomas Rivas, Administrative Assistant of the Diocese of Sitka and Alaska, was ordained to the Subdiaconate by Archbishop DAVID on Sunday August 16, 2020. The ordination took place during the Divine Liturgy at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, AK..
That is not the only recent and wonderful event in Subdeacon Thomas's life. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Ms. Lucia Barnard - Gravel just last month!
Subdeacon Thomas and Lucia were both raised in Alaska and will be celebrating one month of Holy Matrimony on August 26th (feast of St. Maximus the Confessor). In addition to serving as the administrative assistant to His Eminence, Archbishop +DAVID in the Chancellery, Subdeacon Thomas will be entering his second year as a student at St. Herman’s Theological Seminary. Lucia will begin her last year at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the B.A psychology program and will continue to work at Anchorage Pediatric Group in Providence Hospital.