Fr. Schaffenburg holds degrees in Law (University of Mississippi) and Divinity (Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary). His interests include music (with particular knowledge in chant and in Russian opera), reading, and as an iconographer in the Byzantine style. Fr. Schaffenburg’s published works include commentaries on Irish and Russian political cultures (Orbis, Foreign Policy Review Institute) and book reviews for The University Bookman (The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal).
Fr. Schaffenburg’s vocation to the priesthood did not reach fruition until his fifth decade. Prior careers have included the practice of law as a litigator, and in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, in strategic planning, company development, intelligence and counterespionage, working in the U.S. and throughout Europe. As a priest Fr. Schaffenburg has identified within the Anglo-Catholic traditions, completing his full-time ministry as rector of an Anglo-Catholic parish in Wisconsin, where he also served as guardian of the North American protoshrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Fr. Schaffenburg and his wife, Elizabeth née Brewer, have been married for over thirty-five years, and are blessed with two children and five grandchildren.