Fr. Robert Francis Christian, OP has just been appointed as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity by the Holy Father. This appointment will be for 5 years. He is of the Western Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, USA.
Fr. Christian is an associate professor for Sacraments and Ecclesiology at the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. He is also the Vice Dean of the faculty.
Although he attended a Jesuit high school and college, Fr. Christian joined the Dominican Novitiate at Oakland after graduation from college. He made profession in I971 and was ordained in the priesthood 1976. He started his teaching career immediately after his ordination at Dominican College (now Dominican University) in San Rafael. He got his doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Angelicum in 1984.
For a year in campus ministry both at Riverside and Seattle, he returned to the Angelicum. He started teaching at the Anglicum in 1985 and was there until 1997 when he returned briefly to his home province to serve as socius and vicar provincial for two years. He came back to the Anglicum in 1999 and he is still there till date. He is also a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). From the Anglicum, Fr Christian has been at the service of the Church and humanity and we are sure he will continue to do such even in his new appointment.
The Pontifical Council for the Promoting of Christian Unity is entrusted with the promotion, within the Catholic Church, of an authentic ecumenical spirit according to the conciliar decree Unitatis redintegratio. At the same time, it also aims to develop dialogue and collaboration with the other Churches and World Communions.