Long years of study ends in ordination

A special Eucharist Service will take place on Saturday in Grand Forks - the first by newly ordained Anglican priest Cathy Straume,

The Reverend Cathy Straume poses with her daughter Heidi on the occasion of her ordination at St. Michael and All Angels

Submitted by Adele Haines-Pasco

After years of study to become an Anglican priest, Cathy Straume was ordained at St. Michael and All Angels, the Anglican cathedral in Kelowna on Nov. 24. Archbishop John Privet officiated.

Cathy was raised in Ontario and moved to the Boundary Country, living in Greenwood for the past 30 years. She has always been involved in the church and as a community volunteer. She started the Thrift Shop and community garden at St. Jude’s in Greenwood. She has been and continues to be a great help to many people in her community.

Cathy started her studies 12 years ago to be ordained in the Anglican Church. This journey came to fruition in May 2013 when she was ordained a Deacon and on Nov. 24, 2013, a priest. She completed her required courses of theological education, by extension, in the four-year Education of Ministry Program from the University of the South, Michigan. She has also completed the required courses from the Kootenay School of Ministry, a three-year programme. The Kootenay School of Ministry was established for the ordination of locally ordained deacons, priests or lay people who wish to broaden their theological education. As a locally trained priest Cathy will continue taking courses through the Kootenay School of Ministry. An Anglican priest must be educated through the local training programme, university or seminary.

Cathy will be officiating on occasion at services at St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Greenwood the first, third and fifth Sundays at 4 p.m.; also, at St. Mary’s in Kettle Valley on the second and fourth Sundays at 10:30 a.m. She will be sharing some of the Sundays with the Rev. Simon Shenstone and assisting him with various duties throughout the parish.

You are cordially invited to attend the Rev. Cathy Straume’s first official Eucharist Service to be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 7252 7th Street, Grand Forks, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Christmas Tea to follow.