Fr. Blake comes to St. Mark’s from St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served the Church of St. Michael and St. George as the Assistant to the Rector since 2015. At St. Michael’s, Fr. Blake is especially involved in integrating newcomers into the liturgical, formational, and service ministries of the parish’s life, as well as sharing a primary role in the pastoral care of the congregation. He has both begun and restored programs and patterns of leadership aimed at developing the parish’s liturgical witness, deepening Christian formation among its members, increasing the degree of communication among its volunteers and staff, and orienting its ministries outward toward their vocation in the world.
Fr. Blake earned his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 2011. His ongoing academic interests include the history, geography, and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world, especially its “rediscovery” by the West in the 19th century and its subsequent influence on popular religious life—just as Western liturgical movements were beginning to pick up steam. He is a member of the American Sarum series of liturgical conferences, as well as an occasional contributor to The Living Church. His sermons can be found on his website, www.frbsawicky.org.
Before coming to St. Louis, Fr. Blake served parishes in Providence, Rhode Island, and in Denver, Colorado. In Providence he served as the Episcopal Chaplain to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and also as Assistant Rector at St. Stephen’s. In Denver he served as the Curate of St. John’s Cathedral.
In his personal life, Fr. Blake enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and fly fishing, as well as music and local history. He will be moving to the Bay Area with his partner, David, and both of them will be glad to be nearer family in Sacramento and the northern Valley.