Sam Portaro is a retired priest of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (AB), Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Seminary (DMin). Ordained in 1975, he served as Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Newton, NC; Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William & Mary and Associate Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA, from 1976 until 1982; and Episcopal Chaplain & Director of Brent House at The University of Chicago, 1982-2004. From 2005 to 2017 he served on conference faculty and wrote for CREDO, the Education & Wellness division of the Church Pension Group. Author of eight books, numerous essays and articles, he conducts Quiet Days, retreats and has served as a consultant, educator and preacher nationwide and in England, and is a Trustee of the Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago. He lives in the neighborhood with his spouse, Christopher Dionesotes, with whom he enjoys cooking, music, theater, movies, reading, and the endless cultural and culinary bounty of our beautiful city.