St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Introducing the Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci

(Originally published in the May 2012 Newsletter)

We are very to happy to announce that the Rev. Dr. Peter Antoci will be joining the staff of St. Columba’s at the beginning of September as the full-time associate rector for adult formation. Peter is best known for his ministry as the Episcopal chaplain at the University of Maryland. He has recently published his first book, which distils his experience in ministry to campus communities, Reflections on the Spirituality of Campus Ministry: A Play in Four Acts, and he serves as the coordinator for higher education ministries for Province III of the Episcopal Church. Peter’s expertise and rich experience in this field opens up new and exciting opportunities for St. Columba’s to develop its hospitality and outreach to the campus communities in our vicinity.

Peter also bring us two decades of experience as a teacher. He has been an adjunct professor of religious studies at several local universities. He is a graduate of the George Washington University, the Catholic University of America (from which he holds a Ph.D.) and Virginia Theological Seminary. Peter is no stranger to the Wednesdays at St. C’s community, as he has regularly taught intriguing and popular classes over the past three years.

Peter writes, “Teaching has always been a passion of mine, but never only for its intellectual stimulation. What has enriched my life immeasurably has been participating in the intellectual and spiritual growth of my students. This has been true whether in elementary, secondary or university contexts, and I know it will be true of the parish context. My work at the University of Maryland has been shaped as an intergenerational ministry, encompassing students, faculty, staff and their families. The inherently intergenerational ministry of spiritual formation at St. Columba’s is a vibrant part of the parish’s mission. I look forward with anticipation and joy to coming on board this fall!”

Peter will also strengthen our links with the diocese and the wider Episcopal Church, thanks to the varied leadership roles he has held.  He currently serves on the Standing Committee of the diocese and he was elected as a deputy to the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Peter was ordained a priest on the Feast of St. Columba, June 9, 2001. From 1990 to 1997 he worked at Jubilee Housing, Inc., here in Washington, first as the director of development and then as the executive director. From 1998 to 2003 he worked at The Shriver Center, UMBC, as the director of the Peaceworker Program, a graduate service-learning program for returned
Peace Corps volunteers.

Peter and his partner Don Davis live in Mount Rainier with Schastye and Dexter, their cats.

Martin Smith

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