I made a fun discovery the other day; perhaps others already know this.
David Bentley Hart is well known in theological circles, primarily for his book, The Beauty of the Infinite. Little did I know, however, that the Eastern Orthodox theologian has two brothers- one an Anglican priest, and the other a Roman Catholic priest.
Fr. Robert Hart is the Anglican, and is a contributing editor to Touchstone magazine. The third brother, Fr. Addison Hart, is a Roman Catholic priest at Christ the Teacher University Parish and parochial vicar for the Newman Catholic Student Center at Northern Illinois University.
One thing that has always been recognized about David Bentley Hart is the way that he stands somewhat outside of academia's mainstream. Teaching in visiting positions at a number of (granted, not insubstantial) universities, D. Hart's "career" appears quite humble beside the brilliance of his theological work and the praise it has received from fellow theologians. It is not lost on many that this is perhaps as it should be. D. Hart is known as a pastor of the Church first, and a schoolman second; his priorities are clearly in order and the theological community benefits greatly from the care with which he has embraced his vocation. While his brothers Robert and Addison appear quite busy in their ministry and do participate actively in publication the way that David does, the same lack of ambition for worldly recognition seems present in them. May the Lord bless us with more servants such as these!
But I stray from the reason for posting. Namely, how COOL is it that three brothers were called to the Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox priesthood?! And all such gifted minds! One can only imagine what the conversation is like at family reunions.