Father Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D.
On behalf of our entire congregation, Fr. Vincent extends a warm welcome to the people of Inverness and beyond. Please feel free to explore our website to learn more about the new initiatives we are taking in our mission and ministry.
All are welcome!
About Our Vicar
Father Vincent Pizzuto, PhD began his appointment as Vicar of St. Columba's on January 1, 2017. Since his arrival he has brought to our community a vibrant spirit of openness and hospitality along with considerable academic breadth and theological depth.
Fr. Vincent holds a Masters of Education in Religious Education from Boston College (1995), as well as a Masters (STL) and Doctorate (STD) in New Testament exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2003). He is a Full Professor at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco where he teaches primarily in the areas of New Testament and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He has published and presented internationally in the areas of New Testament, christology, contemplative Christian spirituality, interreligious dialogue, same-gender marriage and theological responses to the climate crises. In April 2018 he published his second book, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life (Liturgical Press, 2018). A Spanish translation, Contemplar a Cristo: Los Evangelios y la vida interior (Desclée De Brouwer, 2022), is now available.
His pastoral experience as founder and Vicar of the contemplative Christian community, New Skellig, has deep roots in the Celtic Christian tradition, a spiritual heritage shared by St. Columba's Inverness. In his ministry at St. Columba's, Fr. Vincent has drawn from his rich pastoral and theological background to address the spiritual needs of the congregation and open our doors as a center for contemplative Christianity in the wider West Marin community. He is eager to collaborate on our shared interests of environmental sustainability, the celebration of the arts, supporting local movements for social justice, and opening dialogue with other spiritual centers in West Marin.