About Fr. Chris
Biography for Fr. Chris Valka, CSB
Fr. Chris Valka, CSB is the Pastor of St. Basil’s Catholic Parish at the University of St. Michael’s College and University of Toronto. He was ordained in May 2009 as a priest of the Congregation of St. Basil (also known as the Basilian Fathers)
Fr. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas; a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York; a Master’s of Divinity from the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto.
Prior to joining the Basilian Fathers, Fr. Chris was employed in both the corporate and non-profit sector as a Marketing and Special Events Director, Community Relations Director and Computer Programmer.
Fr. Chris has taught in secondary schools for four years in Houston, Detroit and Novi, Michigan. Prior to St. Basil’s, Fr. Chris served as the Chaplain and Campus Minister through Assumption University at the University of Windsor for three years. Fr. Chris has used his skills in graphic arts, web design, video and radio production to develop new ideas and resources for education, evangelization and outreach.