Rev. Fr. Christopher Smith, STD, Pastor
Prince of Peace’s Pastor Rev. Father Christopher Smith is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He was first assigned as Pastoral Administrator in December 2011 and received an appointment as Pastor from Bishop Robert Guglielmone in March 2015.
He was received into the Catholic Church at the age of 13 at St Mary’s Catholic Church downtown.
Fr. Smith graduated from Southside High School and from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. After a year living in Rome studying at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, he entered priestly formation at the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary, the Pope’s personal seminary, for service in the Diocese of Charleston. While there, he obtained a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Gregorian University and also studied French at the Institut Catholique in Paris.
Father Smith was ordained Deacon by Camillo Cardinal Ruini, Papal Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, on 30 October 2004 and Priest by Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston on 23 July 2005. Father Smith spent two years at St Mary’s, Greenville as Parochial Vicar and then Administrator pro tempore. He then was assigned to St Peter’s parish in Beaufort and Holy Cross parish on St Helena’s Island SC as Parochial Vicar and Administrator pro tempore. He spent two years at St Francis-by-the-Sea on Hilton Head Island. In his assignments before Prince of Peace, Fr. Smith served in Hispanic Ministry, in chaplaincy and teaching in parochial schools, and in apostolate to the sick. While in Beaufort and Hilton Head, Father Smith pursued a Master of Business Administration degree at the Citadel.
In 2009, Father Smith enrolled at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain. He completed his doctoral dissertation in dogmatic theology on the thought of twentieth-century French Jesuit Henri De Lubac earning his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STD) in 2012.
Father Smith speaks Spanish, Italian, French and some German. He enjoys reading, kickboxing, and music. He is a member of the Church Music Association of America and contributes regularly to the Chant Café blog. He is also a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is a speaker on sacred music, liturgy, theology, and catechesis. He spoke most recently at the Sacra Liturgia 2015 Conference held in June 2015 in New York City.
In 2013 he was elected to the Society for Catholic Liturgy. In 2014 he was received into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as a Chaplain.