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In consultation with Bishop Nigel Shaw of the Canadian Armed Forces, we are pleased to announce the bishops’ joint appointment of Katherine Walker as assistant curate at St Paul Anglican Church in Nanaimo, posted May 1, 2020, and commencing duties effective June 1, 2020.

Katherine will serve the parish for the next two years. Her primary role will be to assist the Ven. Clara Plamondon and to continue her formation to a priestly ministry.

While Katherine’s previously planned ordination to the diaconate was postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis, the bishop has authorized her to act in the manner of a deacon and curate until such time that her ordination can be rescheduled.

Katherine comes to us from the Royal Canadian Navy where she has served as an above water warfare specialist for the past 12 years. In 2018, she was chosen for a military chaplain development program which brought her ashore to begin her education at the Vancouver School of Theology and an inter-institutional relationship with the diocese of islands and inlets and the RCN. Katherine did a summer internship at St Mary the Virgin in Victoria in 2018 where she did a preaching series and led a 5-week contemplative practice group.

In her personal life, Katherine originally hails from Alberta, but after many years living at sea, is a self-proclaimed “islander.” She enjoys reading, writing and keeping fit, and considers herself very privileged to enjoy the company of Simon, a Chinchilla British Short hair cat—the furry king of her heart.