St. Paul & the Redeemer is thrilled to welcome the Reverend Catherine E. Healy as our 7th and first female rector. Catherine is a Chicago native and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, Swarthmore College and Harvard Divinity School. She was a 2017 Canterbury Scholar, joining with Anglican clergy from around the world for a course of study at Canterbury Cathedral, and a 2015 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers’ Retreat Fellow. Catherine shares her life with her wife Heather Canapary (a middle-school math/science teacher and marathon runner) and their daughter, Mary Clare, born in October.
Catherine brings a deep spirituality and a passion for social justice, a care for individuals, and a longing for the healing of the city. She is grounded in tradition, values transcendent liturgy and music, and shares our commitment to diverse and democratic leadership. Her thoughtful preaching and presiding nourishes and challenges. Catherine’s own words speak to her humble dedication. “Yours is an extraordinary church, and it is a privilege to be called to lead it. As your rector, I will do my best to support your ministry in the present and prepare it to flourish in the future, so that SPR can continue to be a blessing to the city and for many generations to come.”