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The Rev. Christopher R. Morck, Rector

The Reverend Christopher Robert Morck, (former Priest-In-Charge) at Grace Episcopal Church, was installed here as our Rector on Saturday October 10th, 2015, by the The Right Reverend (Bishop) Alan M. Gates, from the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Chris is a Pennsylvania native whose ministry has taken him to locales including Honduras and Ecuador.

Personal: Married to wife Trish; has two daughters, Claire and Isabel, and two cats.

Last book you read: Two books of poems by Mary Oliver, “House of Light” and “The Leaf and the Cloud.”

One thing always in your refrigerator: Food from our Community Supported Agriculture farm share.

How you unwind: Exercise, though not nearly as much as I should.

Why you do what you do: I believe that God invites us to live out lives of reconciling love and that we need each other to do this. I also believe that God can use communities of faith to be transformative for individuals, families, the wider community, and the whole creation, and I want to be a part of this in some, even small, way.

What you’d do if you weren’t doing this job: Sometimes I daydream about working for the National Park Service, though really if I wasn’t a parish priest I probably would teach (in Ecuador, I used to teach and facilitate workshops on theology, psychology, and environment).

Who’s your hero (and why): I’ve been very influenced by the witness of the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador, Óscar Romero. He lived out of a profound openness, courage, and humility in the midst of a time of intense injustice and crisis. He was faithful to God and God’s people when to do so was truly dangerous. He deeply believed in God’s universal, all-encompassing love, and he risked his life to show by word and example God’s preferential option for the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized.

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