About the Title:

Desiring the Kingdom is the title of a favorite book of mine that was recommended by my friend and colleague The Rev’d Patrick Campbell. The author of this book, James K. A. Smith, talks about the need to form folks to desire the kingdom of God, not the kingdom of the mall. It is a wonderful text on the importance of Christian Formation, and it has help put some more meat on the bones of thoughts I’ve had for a long time. I have a passion for helping to form individuals to be disciples of Christ – to be individuals that desire the kingdom of God. As I thought about a title for this blog, I thought what better title than what I try to do in my daily life.


Here I am contemplating my baptism at the font at Salisbury Cathedral

About the Author:

I’m Dante Tavolaro, and am a Senior (third year student) at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.  I am also a Candidate for Holy Orders (Priesthood) in The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.  I graduated from Rhode Island College (RIC) in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration on Courts and Public Policy, a minor in International NonGovernmental Organization Studies, and a Senior Thesis in the History and Development of the Book of Common Prayer. I’m an active member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, a parishioner of Church of the Redeemer, Providence RI, and am associate of the Society of St. Margaret.  Prior to entering seminary I served as the Director of Christian Formation at St. Martin’s Church, Providence and as Director of Ministry at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, Narragansett.  I am married to the most amazing person I have ever met, and to top it all off, we have the two most wonderful, hysterical, and annoying cats.  When I’m not engaged in things theological or ecclesiastical I enjoy cooking, traveling, reading, playing – or attempting to play – golf, and playing the saxophone.

Disclaimer: All of the views expressed on this blog are my own.

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