- B.A., Philosophy, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
- M.Div., Sacramental Theology, St. John Seminary
Father Christopher Peschel is a native of West Roxbury and later grew up in Taunton. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Fall River in June 2014. Fr. Chris attended Catholic schools at St. Mary’s in Taunton, Taunton Catholic Middle, and Xaverian Brothers High School prior to entering college at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He entered the seminary in 2007 and studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia where he earned a degree in Philosophy. He was then assigned to St. John’s seminary in Brighton, MA, where he specialized in Sacramental Theology.
Fr. Chris is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. He is an advocate on the local level for Catholic education and vocations with several published articles, interviews, and conference speaking presentations. He currently serves on the Central School Board for the Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools, and is a foundation board member for the Catholic Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for students desiring attendance at Catholic schools.
Fr. Chris has served the Church in several capacities through parish assignments in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Boston, and Diocese of Fall River. He has also had the privilege to minister in nursing homes, hospitals, special education, and on college campuses. He served the Diocese of Fall River for three years in the Office of Vocations and in addition to chaplaincy at Bishop Connolly High School, he is currently the pastor of Our Lady of Grace and St. John the Baptist parishes in Westport.