|Rev'd Canon Patrick Curran
Patrick was born in Germany in 1956 and spent his early years in Ontario, Canada (Toronto, Scarborough, and Galt, now Cambridge) before returning to Germany in 1969, where he completed secondary school at a Lutheran boarding school on the Baltic coast. He returned to Canada to study at the University of King’s College in Halifax, obtaining a BA in Classics and German. He was sponsored by the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe to train for the ordained ministry at Chichester Theological College in England. There he completed a BTh with the University of Southampton. In 1984, he was ordained deacon, and in 1985 priested in Exeter Cathedral, England, serving his title at St. Michael’s and All Angels, Heavitree, with St. Paul’s, Burnthouse Lane, Exeter.
In 1987, he moved to Bradford, West Yorkshire, to be the Bishop’s Chaplain to Students. After this, he returned to the Diocese of Europe as Chaplain in Bonn and Cologne and latterly as Chaplain in Vienna and Archdeacon of the Eastern Archdeaconry (2001-2015). He is married and has two adult daughters.
Canon Curran is eager to commend the Christian faith to this generation as a living tradition as practised in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion, in order that we may pass through things temporal so that we lose not our hold on the things eternal. He is blessed to be serving an international congregation committed to this tradition. He is aware that through the church building, and the gathered church Sunday by Sunday, he is privileged to see the gifts of faith made manifest.
May this living tradition always be inspired by words from a prayer by Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711):
make the door of this house wide enough
to receive all who need human love and fellowship,
and a heavenly Father’s care;
and narrow enough to shut out
all envy, pride and hate.
Make its threshold smooth enough
to be no stumbling-block to children,
or to straying feet,
but rugged enough
to turn back the tempter’s power:
make it a gateway
to thine eternal kingdom. Amen.
|OTHER LICENSED CLERGY|
|Rev'd Mike Waltner (Honorary Assistant Curate)
Mike hails from Erie, Pennsylvania. After completing his Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in New York, he began a career developing interreligious dialogue projects and initiatives with NGOs in the United States and Europe. In 2009, he moved to Vienna with his Austrian wife, Heike, and their young daughter. He continues to work in the area of interreligious dialogue at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre in Vienna as Programme Manager of the Fellows Programme. Mike was ordained priest in July of 2016 by Bishop Robert Innes.
“I think the major task of Christians today is to learn to live as expressions and signs of God’s desire for fellowship and reconciliation within the world. As a Deacon, I hope to emphasize that as Christians we are called to be a kingdom people, we are called to live as expressions of a kingdom whose politics is manifested in the sacraments and the life of the church as modeled by our Lord’s ministry and the ministry of the Apostles.”
|Rev'd Dr. Robert S. Kinney
Robert is the Director of the Charles Simeon Trust. A native of Illinois, Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. His BA thesis was on idolatry in Paul's epistle to the church in Rome. In 2008, Robert earned an MS in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing his final project on issues of race, education, and Christianity on the South Side of Chicago. In 2015, Robert finished a PhD in New Testament at the University of Bristol in England. His dissertation explored aspects of Greco-Roman rhetoric in the Gospel of Matthew and was published by Mohr Siebeck in the WUNT II series as Hellenistic Dimensions of the Gospel of Matthew: Background and Rhetoric. He also served formally as a pastoral intern at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago for six years (2002-2008) and later as University Minister (2012-2014), and is ordained in the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda (PEAR). He is a Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians and also serves on the Boards of the Charles Simeon Trust of Canada and Prédica Fiel in Cuba. Robert is honored to have the opportunity to serve at Christ Church in Vienna and very much enjoys the life of this church community.
|Rev'd Dr. Christian Hofreiter
Christian is the Director of the Zacharias Institut für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Glaube in Vienna and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. A native of Tyrol, he first studied translation and interpreting at the University of Innsbruck, where he later also taught. He then worked for a government relations firm in Washington D.C. before studying theology in Oxford. His doctorate focused on violence in the bible and will be published by OUP in 2018 as Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide. At Oxford, Christian also worked as chaplain to postgraduate students, served on the leadership team of St Aldates church, and was involved in several interdisciplinary research projects. He lives with his family in Vienna and periodically serves at Christ Church.
|Ben O'Neill joined us as Intern in September 2018 as part of the wider Church of England Missionary Experience Scheme (CEMES). He joins us from Cambridge in England, where he has spent the past two years studying Modern Languages & Classics at Peterhouse and serving at Little S. Mary's Church. Originally from Durham, in the northeast of England, he is currently discerning a call to the priesthood in that Diocese and hopes that his experiences at Christ Church this year, supporting Patrick and the clergy team, will allow him to progress in this journey and to grow in the knowledge and love of God. He combines his time at Christ Church with being an Erasmus Student at the University of Vienna.
|Erica Schenk (Church Administrator)
Erica has been a longtime member of the Christ Church community, having served on the Church Council in the past. She is our new Church Administrator as of November 2017.
|Dr. Joan Avery (Choir Director)
Joan was born in England, went to school in several continents, and moved to Austria in the early nineties to study music. She has a licentiate in Violin Performance from the ABRSM and a PhD in German Literature, and therefore likes the lively and the cerebral sides of music making. She is currently leading four choirs, as well as playing in various orchestras, and writing a book about refugees in the village where she lives. She enjoys getting the best sound out of people, especially those who think they cannot sing.
|Andrew Couse (Organist)
Andrew serves as the organist for the 10am service and Choral Evensong services.
|Andrew Seneviratne (Verger)
Andrew has served as Verger for Christ Church for many years.