August 25, 2016
Miami, FL: Protodeacon Thomas Branch has reposed in the Lord
Wednesday, August 24, Protodeacon Thomas Branch, cleric of St.
Vladimir Church in Miami, FL, reposed in the Lord. He was 66 years
in Ft. Worth, TX, Fr. Thomas adopted Orthodoxy as an adult. In 1972,
he married Catherine Kaschak. In 1990, he was ordained a subdeacon
by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), head of the Antiochian Archdiocese
of North America. He completed seminary courses in that jurisdiction
In 1995, Fr. Thomas was accepted into the Russian Church Abroad,
ordained a deacon by Bishop Hilarion of Manhattan, and assigned to
St. Nicholas Mission in Sunrise FL. Since 2003, he was assigned to
St. Vladimir Church. His humility and sincere prayer at the divine
services inspired many among the clergy and faithful. For his
zealous labors, he was awarded the right to wear the double orarion,
and in 2013 was elevated to the rank of protodeacon.
He is survived by his Matushka Catherine and their three children:
Jennifer (Euthalia), George, and Luke.
Memorial services will be held at
St. Vladimir Church.
Burial services will take place at Holy Trinity Monastery in
Memory eternal to the newly reposed Protodeacon Thomas!
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese