Our new Rector: The Reverend Catherine E. Healy


St. Paul & the Redeemer is thrilled to welcome the Reverend Catherine E. Healy as our 7th and first female rector. Catherine comes to SPR from St. Andrew’s Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she has served as the Assistant Rector for Youth and Family. Prior to ordination, she served as the Missioner for Youth, Young Adults and Higher Education in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, and as a parish youth minister in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. 

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.”


We Stand for
the Radical Hospitality of Jesus

  • We hold together a progressive outlook and a rootedness in the traditions we've received from Jesus' followers in all generations.

  • We are woven of different races, economic statuses, cultural backgrounds, faith backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

  • We seek out and are strengthened by each person's story and voice.

  • We honor both faith and doubt, holding together our highest hopes and our deepest fears.



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