- Parish Life
The Revd Canon Patrick Curran and The Revd Mike Waltner
The Revd Canon Patrick Curran 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 (built 1877) 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.
The Revd Mike Waltner 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 2016 by Bishop Robert Innes, who is diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Europe.
“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.”
The Revd Aileen Hackl
The Revd Christian Hofreiter - Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)
The Revd Clair Filbert-Ullmann (Salzburg)