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From the Evangelical Lutheran Women

ELW WELCOMES NEW EDITOR

Winnipeg, May 27, 2004 -- Evangelical Lutheran Women Inc. has hired Catherine Pate to be the Editor for ELW resources and Esprit magazine.

Catherine graduated with a double major in English and Theatre from the University of Winnipeg in 1992 and continues to work toward the completion of her theological studies through the Winnipeg Theological Consortium. She spent six years as the Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land. After spending two years as a Senior Program and Policy Consultant with the Government of Manitoba’s Healthy Child Manitoba office, she is excited to be returning to full time church ministry.

Drawn to the position by the passion of the ELW staff and board members, she hopes her contribution to ELW, and particularly Esprit magazine, will do much to affirm and uphold other Christian women in their ministries. The task for the whole church, Catherine argues, is to be relevant in a changing reality while continuing to draw on the deep tradition of the liturgical church. There are particular challenges for women’s organizations like the ELW in this post-modern era. She is excited to be able to bring her energy, passion, and experience to this new ministry opportunity.

Catherine is a life-long Anglican and the daughter of an Anglican Priest. She and her husband Jamie Howison (Pastor of St. Stephen and St. Bede, an Anglican and Lutheran worshipping community) live in Winnipeg, Manitoba with their three children, Jessica (18), Margaret (16) and Callaway (8).

Catherine will begin work on June 28 and will be launched into the life of ELW by being present and active at the National ELW Quadrennial Convention, July 8-11, 2004 in Winnipeg.


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