The Reverend Christian Brocato, Ph.D., Rector
Christian originally comes from the south. He began college at St. Meinrad College in Indiana where his encounter with the Benedictine Tradition changed his life. He transitioned to study music at Georgia State University in Atlanta. There, he encountered St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where he embraced the Episcopal Tradition. He was accepted in organ performance at Julliard and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and decided to attend CCM in Cincinnati.
Following graduating from CCM, he matriculated at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he completed a master’s in organ performance and a PhD in musicology with a concentration in sacred music and worship. During all those years, he worked in church music as an organist and choirmaster in the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church and the Roman Church.
By the mysterious movement of the Holy Spirit, Christian entered the Dominican Order, completed a master’s in theology at The Aquinas Institute of Theology and was ordained a priest in St. Louis in 1990.
Following ordination to the priesthood, Christian joined the faculty at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago, and was the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at DePaul University.
From 1992-1997, he was on the faculty at Providence College in Providence, RI where he became an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department while also teaching in the Theology Department and Western Civilization. While there, he was also served in Campus Ministry and worked in a parish on weekends.
By another mysterious turn of the Holy Spirit, he returned to the Episcopal Church and eventually left Providence College. In Boston, he was initially a parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Church, Copley Square. Through discernment at All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA, he was received as an Episcopal priest.
Christian has served as a parish priest, in campus ministry, in academia as a full professor, a chair of a department and a Dean of Academic Affairs. He served as an Associate Priest at Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, MA while being the Priest-in-Charge at All Saints in Stoneham, MA.
Since the summer of 2011, he has served as the Rector of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA, a historic parish dating back to 1842 and an extremely diverse parish in the heart of Cambridge just blocks from Harvard University and MIT.
Christian is committed to parish ministry in an urban setting where diversity is at the core of a parish. He is committed to ministry that involves singles, families, children and liturgy with beautiful sacred music and biblical preaching. He is committed to diversity in all its forms, shapes and sizes.
Christian comes to St. Mark’s with a commitment to social, economic, climate and racial justice and a commitment to people of all ages with diverse backgrounds, orientations and beliefs. He is committed to the great tradition of the Episcopal Church, to interdenominational and interfaith work, hallmarks of his work over the past several years especially in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Excited about serving at St. Mark’s, Christian looks forward to many years of ministry in collaboration with parishioners at St. Mark’s, the Diocese and those in the broader community of Grand Rapids.To contact The Reverend Christian Brocato, Ph.D. please use the form below
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