The Rev. Victoria Pretti, Rector
The Reverend Victoria Pretti is from Boston Massachusetts. A former Roman Catholic, she joined the Episcopal Church in order to fulfill God’s call for her to be ordained as a priest. Prior to ordained ministry, she worked as a critical care nurse and hospital administrator, homeless shelter director, hospice chaplain, spiritual director and retreat facilitator.
She received her Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology with further Anglican Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School, both in Cambridge Massachusetts. She also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development, and is an alumna of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School in Albuquerque New Mexico. Since being ordained, she has served as vicar, priest-in-charge and rector at parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Diocese of New Jersey.
Mother Victoria is a Third Order Franciscan, who joyfully and gratefully claims the title of “mystic,” as one who lives in experiential union with the Mystery most of us call God. Her favorite spiritual mentors are Jesus (of course!), Thomas Merton, and all the mystics, especially the medeival woman mystics, in that order. She likes to describe herself as a feisty, middle-aged hippy woman, who is truly, madly and deeply in love with God.
She enjoys music and poetry, and she loves to read, walk, do yoga, hike and spend time doing anything or nothing at all outdoors. Her husband Anthony works with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity as a Construction Supervisor. Her stepdaughter Amanda lives with her husband Michael and grandaughter Madilyn in Florida.
Anthony and Victoria share their Lewes home with two small dogs (Luke and Rosie) and a parrot (Frannie).