The Rev. John Porter

Born in 1944, and a San Francisco/Bay Area native, I was baptized at Grace Cathedral in 1961 (by Canon Henry Praed) and confirmed by Bishop Millard in 1962.  I was a member of the Church of the Advent, San Francisco.  In 1965, I entered the Society of Saint Francis (on Long Island, NY) and was professed in 1970.  I worked for the Episcopal Mission Society (EpIscopal Diocese of New York ) for 5 years as the Clinical Coordinator for the Assessment of Children for Long Term Placement at St Barnabas House in SOHO.  In 1974, I went to the European Province (UK) of SSF.

In 1980, I discerned a vocation to the Cistercian Order (RC) and returned to California and entered the Abbey of New Clairvaux (Vina, California, near Chico).  I was solemnly professed as a monk in 1986, ordained to the Diaconate in 1989, and to the priesthood (by Bp Francis Quinn of Sacramento) in 1990.  In 1993, I left the monastery to care for my mother during her last illness, at her home in Walnut Creek.

In 1995 I returned to the Episcopal Church and my priestly orders were recognized by Bishop William Swing, and was licensed to officiate and became an associate (non-stip.) at the Church of the Advent. San Francisco.  As well as assisting at The Advent, the clergy also provided ministry at The Episcopal Sanctuary.  I regularly went there on Sunday mornings for Mass for about 5 years. I am currently still a member of the Church of the Advent.  I assist with liturgy at the "Church of the Open Door", a eucharistic ministry at NEXT DOOR Shelter (Polk & Geary Sts, SF), run by Episcopal Community Services, with a team of other priests and deacons in the Diocese of California.

My special interests are liturgy, cooking, medieval literature, and community/parish life.