After five minutes with the Rev. Christian Tutor, it's difficult to imagine he spent 11 years in a monastery. It's not Tutor's prayerfulness or reverence you'll question. It's his gabbiness and that easily triggered laugh.
Surely, he was ssshhhed a lot? Tutor, 39, has heard that question before.
"Have you seen The Sound of Music?" Tutor asks, laughing. "And the nuns ask, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria? . . . She sings! Well, I was like Maria in the cloister."
Tutor believes God asked those same questions of him 10 years ago and answered by calling Tutor out of his quiet West Coast Augustinian monastery and into busy parish work. After challenging assignments elsewhere, Tutor arrived in Concord about a month ago to lead the All Saints Anglican Church, a new congregation that formed in 2003 after Gene Robinson, an openly gay man from Weare, was elected New Hampshire's Episcopal bishop.
The parish is part of the Traditional Anglican Communion, which is distinct from the Anglican Church that includes the American Episcopal Church. The worldwide divide began years ago, long before Robinson's election. Other divisive issues have included the ordination of women and revisions in the liturgy, which traditional Anglicans oppose.