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We are pleased to announce the call of two clergy to positions within the Diocese. The Rev. Kathleen Patton has been called as Vicar of St. Anne, Washougal and The Rev. Karen Haig as Rector at St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions.

The Rev. Kathleen Patton

The Rev. Kathleen Patton was ordained in the Diocese of California in 1990, and is a graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  She has served St. Stephen’s in Longview, Washington for seventeen years (seven as rector/priest in charge, ten as associate rector).  She and her husband (The Rev.) Richard Green met in seminary, and have enjoyed life in ministry together for over twenty five years.  Their son Aidan recently turned nineteen.  Kathleen is passionate about the care of creation, and serves on the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment as well as offering volunteer activism through Earth Ministry and the Power Past Coal coalition.  She is also serves on Cowlitz County commissions related to environmental health and housing and homelessness.Kathleen has been called as Vicar for St. Anne’s, Washougal and has already begun her ministry there.

The Rev. Karen Haig

The Rev. Karen Haig grew up in California and Hawaii, and came to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington. She has called the Pacific Northwest home ever since.

Her career prior to seminary was as a Business Management Consultant to small businesses and non-profits, and as Co-founder, Business Manager and Director for Earth & Space Research, a non-profit scientific institute engaged in climate change research. In 2010 Karen received her Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Ordained by Bishop Rickel in 2010, she was called to St Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, where she served as their Priest Associate and Associate Rector. Karen is married to Jim Friedrich, an Episcopal priest serving the wider church as liturgist, teacher, filmmaker and writer. Her son Simon is recently married and teaches History, English and Social Studies at Bainbridge High School. In addition to her work, Karen enjoys kayaking, cooking, gardening, walking in the rain, writing, family and friends. Karen has been called as Rector of St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island. She will begin her ministry on December 1, 2017.

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

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  • November 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    wonderful to see women in these powerful positions! Would that St. Mark’s provided the same diversity in color and gender. It is a sad absence for our Cathedral community.


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