Father Christopher Zugger is an ordained priest of the Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church, ordained 1981. He hears confessions, assists at Divine Liturgies, services and classes in the parish, under the direction of the pastor. He provides spiritual direction for laity and clergy.
Father Chris’ health problems give him a good perspective on the redemptive value of suffering, and his research over the years provides information for talks on topics as diverse as Contemplative Prayer in the East; Carmelite Saints; Righteous Gentiles in the Holocaust; Scottish Catholics or Irish Catholics in Penal Times; Catholic resistance to the Nazis and Communists; the Church in China; Eastern Church Fathers; Syriac Spirituality; Liturgical Life of Eastern Churches.
Father helps where he can in the Eparchy of Phoenix (Holy Protection of Mary) and in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He is very thankful to God for the opportunity to continue to serve Him in new ways, and for the fact that Bishop Gerald Dino created this arrangement whereby he can continue to live where he has spent most of his priesthood since 1985.
P.S. He is shown here with his faithful companion, Pancho, born in 2003 and the official mascot of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Albuquerque.