CHRIST CHURCH VIENNA

Christ Church, the Anglican Church in Vienna (Church of England), seeks to be a welcoming and caring church, providing a spiritual home for all generations that respects diversity and invites people from every walk of life to worship God, to grow as Christians in faith and understanding, as well as to participate in God’s mission to the world.

You can learn more about our mission on our About page.

"Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: Keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever."

—Collect for Christ the King

TAG DES JUDENTUMS 2022
Tag des Judentums
The 2022 Tag des Judentums took place on January 17, 2022. The Revd Canon Patrick Curran preached. You can listen to the service by downloading it below or listening to it on the Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen in Österreich website.

Download Audio [mpd, 68mb]
CHURCH COUNCIL
Christ Church Council
In the Church of England, the Church Council is the executive committee consisting of of clergy, churchwardens, and representatives of the laity. Legally, the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the Church, including the maintenance of its assets and the promotion of the mission of the church. New additions to the Church Council are elected at the Annual Church Meeting (ACM) each spring. Our current council is:

CLERGY
Rev'd Canon Patrick Curran (Chaplain and Chair of Council)
Rev'd Mike Waltner (Honorary Assistant Curate)
Rev'd Dr. Robert S. Kinney (Honorary Assistant Curate)

WARDENS
Philip Reading
Andrew Rooke

HONORARY TREASURER
Ben Dannenmaier

SYNOD REPRESENTATIVES
Morkor Korley (Archdeaconry)
Angela Peake-Herzog (Archdeaconry)
Miranda Kopetzky (Archdeaconry and Diocese)

MEMBERS
Ademola Adeyemi
Sunday Ajayi
Brandy Bauer
Gabe Byng (Eastern Region Ministerial Course, ERMC)
Melinda May
Hyacinth Österlin
Sally Reading
Monika Weber-Fahr

SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
Lydia Goutas


OBSERVER
Charles Bishop (Ministerial Experience Scheme, MES)

Part of the work of the Church Council is to enter into discussion on challenging topics facing the church. In order to facilitate these discussions well, the Council has adopted Principles for Discussions [pdf, 391kb].


ABOUT CHRIST CHURCH
About Christ Church
OUR MISSION
Christ Church, the Anglican Church in Vienna (Church of England), seeks to be a welcoming and caring church, providing a spiritual home for all generations that respects diversity and invites people from every walk of life to worship God, to grow as Christians in faith and understanding as well as to participate in God’s mission to the world as disciples of Jesus and stewards of God’s creation.

Led by God's grace, we aim to:
  • lnspire our community to live and work to God's praise and glory;
  • Engage with one another through the shared experience of worship, education and social events;
  • Reach out to younger generations in ways that affirm the relevance of the Christian faith for today;
  • Build a culture of stewardship, based on the belief that God’s provision is generous and we are stewards, not owners, of everything we possess: our talents; money; time; possessions; the world around us and:
    • Serve God through service to others;
    • Share and meet with those in need;
    • Donate ten per cent of our income to charity;
    • Work together to embed environmental concerns in our worship, teaching and action.
The Annual Chaplaincy Meeting
3 April 2019

OUR HISTORY
Although there has been an Anglican priest in Vienna, acting as honorary chaplain to the British ambassador and ministering to the Anglican resident community at least since the late 17th century, there has only been a permanent building since 1877. And from 1877 until the present, Christ Church has grown from a small embassy community to a thriving and diverse church in the heart of a great city. For much more information about the fascinating history of this Church and its church building, please download Christ Church: Our History.

Christ Church: Our History [pdf, 1.8mb]

OUR CHURCH AND DIOCESE
Christ Church in Vienna is part of the Church of England's Diocese in Europe.

Church of England

Diocese in Europe

ASSOCIATED CONGREGATIONS
We are also connected to other congregations of the Church of England (Diocese in Europe) and their leaders:
  • Klagenfurt (Austria): Ms. Helen Taupe
  • Ljubljana (Slovenia): Revd Taylor Denyer
THE CHAPLAIN
Patrick Curran 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 in 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.

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OTHER LICENSED CLERGY
Mike Waltner 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 daughter. He continues to work in the area of interreligious dialogue at KAICIID in Vienna as Programme Manager of the Fellows Programme. Mike was ordained priest in July of 2016 by Bishop Robert Innes.

Robert S. Kinney Rev'd Dr. Robert S. Kinney (Honorary Assistant Curate)
Robert is honored to have the opportunity to serve at Christ Church in Vienna and very much enjoys the life of this church community. In his day job, he is the Director of Ministries of the Charles Simeon Trust (USA). 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). 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.

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Christian Hofreiter Rev'd Dr. Christian Hofreiter (Priest with Permission to Officiate)
Christian is the Priest in charge of CityKirche Wien, a German-language Fresh Expression Chaplaincy of the Church of England in Vienna. He previously established and directed an Institute for Science, Culture and Faith in Vienna, now called Pontes Institut. 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 at the University of Oxford. His doctorate focused on violence in the bible and was 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.

ORDINAND
Gabe Byng Dr. Gabriel Byng
Gabe was born and raised in London before studying at the University of Cambridge and the Courtauld. He is delighted to have joined the community at Christ Church and is presently in training for the ordained ministry (having previously served as intern at Christ Church). He is also a historian of medieval objects and architecture, and is currently the Richard Plaschka Fellow at the OeAD, where he is researching the political, social, and economic history of church buildings in Vienna. Before coming to Vienna, he was a PhD student and then a research fellow at Cambridge, where he was part of the community at St Bene't's church.

STAFF
Joan Avery 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. She is currently leading four choirs, as well as playing in various orchestras. She enjoys getting the best sound out of people, especially those who think they cannot sing. She tutors in English, French, and violin at averygoodcoach.com.

Andrew Couse Andrew Couse (Organist)
Andrew has served as our organist for several years. He came to Vienna in 1998 to take a position at the Volksoper and has taught at the Musik und Kunst University of the City of Vienna (formerly Konservatorium) for the past ten years. Originally from Ottawa in Canada, he studied piano and organ with Marion Hewitt and Dr. Godfrey Hewitt, received a bachelor's degree in music from Carleton University and went on to Montreal to do a master's degree in Musicology and Conducting at McGill University, concurrently with completing an Advanced Diploma in Organ Performance at Concordia University under Bernard Lagacé. He spent several years working as Director of Music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal before travelling to Germany in 1990, under a Canada Arts Council grant, to study orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Franz Liszt" in Weimar. He particularly values the high standards and appreciation of good music here at Christ Church and the enthusiasm that the congregation brings to singing the hymns! Outside of music, Andrew is a qualified Shiatsu practitioner. He teaches at the International Academy for Hara Shiatsu in Vienna, regularly travels to China to study aspects of traditional Chinese medicine, and has a Shiatsu practice in Vienna.

Andrew Seneviratne Andrew Seneviratne (Verger)
As Verger, Andrew is responsible for looking after the church premises. He works with the Chaplain to ensure that all runs smoothly during regular and special services, particularly baptisms, funerals, and those over the Christmas and Easter seasons. Born and brought up in Sri Lanka, he came to Vienna to be with his brother and to work in the hospitality industry. Brought up in the Roman Catholic Church, he feels at home at Christ Church and particularly appreciates the fact that the services are in English. He enjoys getting to know Christians of a variety of different nationalities within our congregation. Being a hotelier does not allow Andrew much free time, but he enjoys getting involved, along with his wife, at the Vienna Christian Center.

   
HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN!
On this website, you can find information about our various church activities and services. Please have a look around and get to know us a bit and then plan to come for a visit. We are always excited to have visitors!

Der Besuch unseres Gotteshauses sowie der Gottesdienste und anderer Veranstaltungen steht allen Menschen offen. Beachten Sie bitte, dass alle Gottesdienste und Veranstaltungen in englischer Sprache abgehalten werden!