The Reverend Victoria Pretti

The Reverend Victoria Pretti was called to serve as rector of St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea and began her ministry here on September 1, 2016. Mother Victoria was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts and previously served as Deacon-in-Charge and then Priest-in-Charge of All Saints Church in West Newbury Massachusetts, Priest-in-Charge of Church of Our Saviour in Milton Massachusetts, and Rector of St. Mary’s in Stone Harbor New Jersey.

She and her husband Anthony both grew up and lived most of their lives in the Boston area. Prior to her life of ordained ministry, Mother Victoria worked for many years as a critical care nurse in Boston-area hospitals, and also served as chaplain in a large home hospice agency. She worked for twelve years at Boston’s Pine Street Inn, which is one of the largest homeless shelters and social service agencies in the country.

Mother Victoria studied theology and received a Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and also completed further Anglican studies at the Episcopal Divinity School, both in Cambridge Massachusetts. She earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Center for ReligiousDevelopment in Cambridge, and is currently enrolled as a student with the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, which is based in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Mother Victoria is a Third Order Franciscan. She loves animals, and nature, and all things outdoors. Her love for God spills over to include every beloved human child of God, as well as everything else in God’s beautiful creation. She believes that the mysterious love, mercy, glory, and presence of God is revealed in everyone and everything God has made, even … and perhaps especially … in the people, places, and things where we least expect to find it.

Mother Victoria believes that we are living in an amazing and challenging time, in which God is revealing God’s Self in amazing and challenging new ways. It’s our privilege, and our joyful adventure, to try to keep up with what the Holy Spirit is doing, right here and right now!


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