By the grace of God and with the consent of God’s people, The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, 11th Bishop of Utah, ordained Patricia Anne Sanchez and Kathalin Ree Walker to the diaconate at the recent Diocesan Convention, held at Hotel RL, Salt Lake City. They were supported by a large and enthusiastic congregation and honored by a special sermon from The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.
Kathalin described the experience as “being excited and at the same time humbled” to have the opportunity to serve the people of God as a Deacon. She was especially touched by Bishop Curry’s reference to her and Patricia as “sisters.” She remarks that “when I started studying theology almost 20 years ago, I had no idea where I was being led. Holding tight to God’s loving hand through it all has brought me to this wondrous time.
Patricia said it was an honor to be ordained by Bishop Hayashi with Bishop Curry in attendance. “My process toward ordination was fulfilled with many wonderful people and experiences thanks to the clergy and lay staff of the Diocese of Utah, St. Peter’s, Clearfield, and St. Michael’s, Brigham City. I look forward to many more blessings as I begin my ordained ministry journey. ”