Fr. J. Oliver Lee, Jr., Obl., OSB

Fr. Oliver is the Rector of TRINITY Episcopal Church in North Dallas. Before coming to TRINITY, he served as the Priest-in-Charge of St. George’s Episcopal Church in South Dallas; and as the Middle School Chaplain for Parish Episcopal School, Dallas. He has previously served as the Assistant Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Garland, Texas; the Associate Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas; and as a Curate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Dallas. Fr. Oliver also previously served as a Chaplain with the Dallas Police Department.

Fr. Oliver made his promises as an Oblate, a Second Order Monastic in the Order of St. Benedict, on July 10, 1999. He was subsequently ordained to the Deaconate and to the Sacred Order of Priests. He is licensed as a Priest in the Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

He pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in Political Science, Law and Theology, at the United States Naval Academy, the University of Kansas, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and Harvard University. His degrees include a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate.

Fr. Oliver served as a Staff NCO in the United States Marine Corps, and as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, commonly known as the Green Berets. As a Foreign Service Officer (R) in the United States Department of State, he was stationed in The People’s Republic of China; Beirut, Lebanon; and various other assignments around the world.

Fr. Oliver was conferred the degree of Jurist Doctor and is an Attorney licensed in the State of Texas, various Federal Courts, and the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. He is a former Federal Prosecutor (Senior Trial Attorney) with the United States Department of Justice.

Fr. Oliver also serves as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Dallas, Texas.