Christopher Seal Newest Notable Neighbor
A man “for all ages” captured the spotlight of Studio 95’s Notable Neighbors program this week. Lake Wildwood resident The Reverend and Canon Christopher Seal was interviewed for television and video by the program’s producer series, Dick Fay.
Residents of Lake Wildwood can view the program on Comcast Channel 95 now or by selecting the video available on the LWWA website.
The program series acknowledges residents in Lake Wildwood who have led extraordinary lives. Father Christopher was interviewed because of his personality and the depth and diversity of his experience and interests.
The interview concentrates more on the man than religious matters, according to the producer.
Most recently, Christopher was Rector in Nevada City for 23 years, retiring in 2017. A graduate of Occidental College, he taught reading, Native American culture, History of Western Philosophy, and Comparative Religions at various schools in Northern California.
He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, and was ordained Deacon in 1981 and Priest in 1982.
Aside from his primary work as a parish priest, Christopher is an author, amateur archeologist, and, art enthusiast, teacher, and counselor. He is especially fascinated with the history of man throughout the ages to the modern era.
Before coming to Nevada City, he was Rector of the Episcopal church in Quincy, CA., and of two ancient rural churches in the parishes of Etton and Helpston in Cambridgeshire, England. In one of these churches, he discovered a 13th-century wall painting which had been hidden under layers of plaster. The painting is of Christ’s ancestors.
While in England, Christopher developed a love of traditional British field sports, particularly Fox Hunting, Beagling (hunting with Beagles), and Deer Stalking. He was named Chaplain of the Fitzwilliam Hunt and was featured on the cover of numerous British publications. He also researched and wrote articles on ancient church buildings and monuments in the English countryside.
Besides his duties as a pastor, Christopher was an advisor on country matters to the Archbishop of Canterbury who subsequently honored the American by granting lifetime status as a Priest of the Church of England. He has met many other dignitaries, including the Dalai Lama who made an indelible impression on him.
A devoted family man, Christopher and his wife, Gae, were married in 1983, and have three daughters and two grandsons. Much of his time currently is taken up with his youngest grandson, Mathew, who is 2 years old.
The 35-minute interview was directed and edited by Joe Bundy and is now showing on Comcast’s Channel 95. Lake Wildwood residents can also see the program on their computers, tablets or smart phones by accessing the LWWA website and selecting from the videos listed there.
Studio 95, formerly known as Channel 95, is the home of the Lake Wildwood Television/Video Production Club. The club conceptualizes and produces video programs like the Notable Neighbors series for broadcast on the Comcast Network and access online on personal electronic devices. Any resident interested in joining the Studio 95 club should call 432-2423 and leave a message with name and phone number.
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