Thomas Squiers professes vows in the Benedictine Order
After serving as a Third Order Benedictine in the Order of St. Michael the Archangel, Thomas Squiers professed permanent vows (First Order) on Tuesday, May 31st (Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) at St. Luke House in North Richland Hills. The profession was given before Bishop Theresa Margaret (“Mother Margo”) Wilson, the Order’s founder, in a private ceremony which was also attended by The Rev. Dr. Vernon Gotcher, Rector of St. Stephen’s, Hurst, and other members of the Order. Br. Thomas will be vested in a separate, public ceremony at a later date at St. Stephen’s Hurst.
Brother Thomas joined the Order of St. Michael the Archangel in 2005 as an Oblate. In 2009, he began working to establish St. Luke House – a ministry of the Order focusing on healing and outreach in Northeast Tarrant County. Currently, St. Luke House is located within Brother Thomas’s residence in North Richland Hills with the goal of establishing a more permanent location in the future. The House has a combined healing ministry with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hurst.
Brother Thomas is a member of St. Stephen’s in Hurst. He also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the Diocese of Fort Worth. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Diocesan Health Insurance Task Force – having working in health insurance administration and research for the last 14 years. He is also a member of the Communications and Christian Education committees for the diocese. Brother Thomas also holds membership as a Confrater of the Confraternity of St. Benedict through St. Gregory’s Abbey (Episcopalian) in Three Rivers, MI.
The Order of St. Michael the Archangel is an ecumenical Benedictine Order. Originally established in Colorado, the Order has members all over the United States from various denominations who follow a modified Rule of St. Benedict. As a member of this Order, Brother Thomas not only represents the Episcopal Church but the Diocese of Fort Worth as well.