About Fr. Chris

Biography for Fr. Chris Valka, CSB

Fr. Chris Valka, CSB is the Director for the Center of Faith & Culture at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.  Prior this assignment, Fr. Chris served as 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.



  1. I heard you at most precious blood! Inspiring! As someone who was part of the Assumption University community for many years, how fortunate that there is finally a university chaplain (and a talented one!) I feel for your mission! I hope and pray that you will remain here for many years! Andy M

  2. You are an amazing speaker and I really enjoyed hearing you this past sunday, I love the passion you have for the youth and I am hopeful it will attract more youth back to church, my daughter(17) has agreed to attend sunday to hear you, keep up the great work Father!!

  3. i just like you so much you are amazing prist you are gods gift somthing special my anglisht is not perfect but i ask our blessed mother for you every day to protect you from antonet

  4. i just wanted to share that you are truely a GOD annoited priest. Listening to your homlies and spirit lifting words, only intises me to search further into my spirit. I truely believe that your radiating spirit will be elavated to greater positions in the church.

  5. I attended Sunday Mass on July 7 at St Basil’s and was very inspired by your homily, Fr. Chris. I especially liked hearing that you put your homilies on line so we are able to go back and re-read your words of teaching and informing us about our Catholic faith. I liked that you said you wouldn’t mind seeing us with a notebook. Because thats exactly how I’ve often felt. And since this past Sunday’s Gospel was about us the lay people having an obligation to go out as disciples and spread our faith being able to go back and look at your homilies is the best thing I’ve come across in our Catholic Church in a long time,

  6. Attended your Reflections at the Missionaries of Charity, Toronto. Very inspiring, very practical and deeply oriented to Evangelization and building community.

  7. Every time I hear your homilies I am inspired. I learn something new and take it with me, reflect on it, and grow. I am very excited about the future of St. Basil’s parish because of your leadership, passion, creativity, and intelligence. I feel this shift in my own faith where I know things are moving in a hopeful direction.I hope you stay with St. Basil’s for many years! I’ve never enjoyed church as much as I do with your involvement. You have raised the bar for me!

  8. Thank you for making St. Basil’s church such a special place for its faithful. Awesome. by MGM. February 17/15

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