Matthew Baker
1977 - 2015
Tillinghast Funeral Home
433 Main Street
Danielson, CT
BAKER, REV. FATHER MATTHEW JEREMY 37, a priest of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Norwich, CT, died Sunday March 1st. He was the loving husband of L. Katherine (Russell) Baker and the devoted father of six children: Isaac, Elias, George, Eleftheria, Cyril, and Matthew Jr. Father Matthew was born in Warwick, RI, son of Evelyn Baker and the late Howard Baker, and he was educated in the Cranston Public Schools. In preparation for the priesthood, he attended St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary, South Canaan, PA, as well as Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA. Since autumn 2010, he was enrolled as a doctoral student in systematic theology at Fordham University, NY. Father Matthew was ordained to the diaconate on the 17th of January 2014 by His Grace Bishop Andonios, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, at the chapel of St. Michael's Home, Yonkers, NY. He subsequently received the grace of priestly ordination on the 19th of January 2014 from His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston at the Annunciation Parish, Cranston, RI. For the past year, Father Matthew had been serving at various parishes throughout New England, and was assigned recently to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Norwich, CT. As a friend, scholar and priest, Father Matthew touched the lives of many over the years. From an early age he was devoted to music, literature and the arts. He used his dynamic, creative and generous mind to mentor and to teach. He devoted himself tirelessly as well to scholarly research in theology and philosophy, where for one so young he published widely in a variety of respected journals and monographs. Along with his wife and children, Father Matthew is survived by his mother, Evelyn Baker of Cranston, RI. He leaves also his brother, Gregory Baker, his wife, Ciara, their two daughters, Aoife and Emma, of Washington, DC. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 beginning with Divine Liturgy at 8:30 a.m. followed by a calling hour from 10:0011:00 a.m. with Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 175 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI. Burial will be in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI. Calling hours will be held on Friday evening, March 6, 2015 from 5:009:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 247 Washington St., Norwich, CT. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Father Matthew's name may be made to Metropolis of Boston, c/o Fr. Matthew Baker Fund, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445. To leave an online condolence please visit
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Published by The Providence Journal on Mar. 5, 2015.
Calling hours
5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
247 Washington St., Norwich, CT
Calling hours
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
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Funeral service
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
175 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI
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As soon as I can I will offer the Divine
Liturgy for Father Matthew, Presbytera
Catherine and all of the children. There is nothing to be said as we stand in the presence of the very Mystery of God who made us all out of nothing.Sincerest condolences.
Father Constantine-Paul Belisarius
March 13, 2015
Eveyln and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I remember Matthew clearly as a young child when we taught together at George Peters. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you shared together and the support of family and friends at this most difficult time. You are in my prayers.
Debbie Guadagno
Johnston, RI
March 10, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss Eveyln and all the family. Remembering fondly days past at s. stephen's.
John Chamberlin
March 10, 2015
may he rest in peace
vicky skiadas
March 8, 2015
My deapest sympathy to the members of his family
May his memory be eternal
Fr. Antonios Papathanasiou
March 7, 2015
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Baker, Presbytera Baker and all of the Baker children. What a huge loss for all of us who knew Fr. Matthew. I ,for one, will miss his ever-present smile and his wonderful intellect. His love for his family and for his Church was truly wonderful to see. Memory Eternal! Father Matthew.
Urania Poulis
March 7, 2015
Evelyn, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Matthew. I recall the joy and pride you had in sharing stories about your family, May those memories comfort you . You have my deepest sympathy.
Carol Mitola (music teacher)
March 7, 2015
I worked with you at West View/George Peters School many years ago and remember when Matthew was born. I am so very saddened to learn of his passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Ann-Marie Richards
March 7, 2015
Condolences to Matt's family. I knew him as a student at Cranston East. He was an extremely likable young man who had an intellectual curiosity that went well beyond his years.
paul zisserson
March 7, 2015
Katie my heart aches for you and the children. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord.
Christy williams
March 6, 2015
Dear Mrs. Baker and Family!
We were all saddened by the news of your son!! We send our thoughts and prayers to you and all of your family!
For myself, I remeber being able to share in my gladness of accomplishing a task in our tutoring sessions with your son any time he was around! He was just so kind in his thoughts and actions as you are!
May he rest in eternal peace!
The DiBiase and Crudale Family
Marissa DiBiase
March 6, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you Presbytera Katherine and all your beautiful children. My deepest sympathy. May his memory be eternal. I will always remember Father Matthew at first in the pew with you and all the children and then as a priest when he was ordained in our Church of the Annunciation.
Mary Lavoie
March 6, 2015
I was a employee of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, I remember Father Matthew as a wonderful man with the love of Christ in his soul. Memory Eternal, Father. Deepest sympathy to Presvytera and their boys.
Andreas B
March 6, 2015
Evelyn, I send my deepest sympathy to you and Matthews family. There are no words to take away your pain and sorrow.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Gendron-Petroff
March 6, 2015
Please accept my sympathies. I heard Father Michael chant during our visits to St. Michael's Home in Yonkers. He will truly be missed. May his memory be eternal.
Petra Knox
March 6, 2015
Eternal Memory
March 5, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear about Matt's passing. He was a wonderful musician and student at Cranston High School East. My prayers go out to his family. May God hold him in the palm of His hand.
Mark Colozzi
March 5, 2015
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
the BAILEY family
March 5, 2015
Evelyn please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Arthur Santoro
March 5, 2015
Matt was a very unique person who enjoyed life and God seen fit to take him to a more comforting place where he will live in eternal peace.he will always be in Gods light as a guardian angel for all .When one is sad in the missing of Matt always think of him through the eyes of his children which will keep him alive in everyones heart forever.When you are out and about and you should see a penny on the ground pick it up for that is Matt your guardian angel who has tossed it down to you knowing that you needed a little cheering up and put a smile on your face.The lord has taken a most precious gift from you all,but has left you with six of the brightest stars of all
Mary Lambert
March 5, 2015
This is a heartbreaking loss in so many ways, for Fr Matthew's wonderful family, for his many friends, and for the Church at large. He had already given us so much, and yet it seems we were still just beginning to see the wealth of gifts he had to share. Memory eternal to a friend I will dearly miss.
Ian Jones
March 5, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
a friend
March 5, 2015
Evelyn (and Matthew's Family & Children), Evelyn was my 5th grade teacher many years ago, but I came to know Matthew in my early adult life through other friends. I am SO immensely sorry for this tragic loss. There are no words that can take this pain away, but I send my sincerest sympathies to all of you. Find comfort in each other, the beautiful children, and wonderful positive memories of Matthew.
Alicia Stickney (Hannigan)
Alicia Hannigan
March 5, 2015
With the passing of Fr. Mathew his large and blessed family lost their beloved father and the Orthodox Church lost a very humble and promising priest-scholar. May the Lord take them under His wings and sustain them in these painful hours.
John Lyssikatos
March 5, 2015
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