The Rev. Kathryn Andonian has been rector at Church of the Holy Spirit since June, 2004. Church of the Holy Spirit (COHS) was founded as a mission church by the Diocese of Pennsylvania to serve the communities of the Indian Valley and was received as an independent parish at the Diocesan Convention in November, 2010. It is a growing, energetic parish that engages a wide variety of ministry programs that serve people of all ages and backgrounds. Its diverse programs reflect a commitment to the “ministry of all the baptized” through the creative shared leadership of both clergy and laity. It is a continuing joy for Kathy to be a part of this community that embraces change, welcomes newcomers, integrates people of all generations in ministries and events, and serves others with generosity of time and spirit.
Kathy was introduced to the Episcopal Church by her husband, Marc, more than 30 years ago when they were engaged to be married. She was drawn to the Episcopal Church by its ethos of inclusivity and the “via media,” its sacramental-centeredness which challenges us to make real in our lives what we proclaim in the liturgy, and the willingness to embrace change as a mark of participating in God’s ongoing creative work.
As part of her ministry as a priest, Kathy serves as a leader in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. She has served as the President of the Standing Committee, a member of the Episcopal Transition Team. She was a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2015 and was elected as a deputy to the General Convention which will be held in 2018. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Opportunity Center and serves on the executive committee of the local Indian Valley Ministerium. Previously, she served the Diocese as Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Council, as a Fresh Start mentor for new clergy, a member of the Commission on Ministry, chair of the Liturgical Commission, board member of the Philadelphia Theological Institute, member of the Diocesan Consultation Team, and member of the Spiritual Growth Resources Committee.
Prior to entering seminary as a “second-career” student in the late 1990s, Kathy enjoyed a “first career” that began with undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of gerontology that led to work as the legislative director for a large health care organization (yes, a lobbyist) in the California State Legislature and as the Executive Director of a non-profit health education foundation. Kathy was a Governor’s appointee to several statewide advisory bodies, including those which addressed Alzheimer’s Disease, Community-Based Long Term Care, and End-of-Life Decision Making. She was also an active member of a large Episcopal congregation as a member of the choir, participant in Education for Ministry, and member of the Board of Directors of Episcopal Community Services of Northern California.
Kathy believes that ordinary people are called by an extraordinary God to be bearers of hope in the wholeness of our lives. The Holy Spirit is at work in our midst, beckoning us to a new awareness of God’s presence in our lives, church, and community so that we may follow Jesus Christ’s call to welcome and serve our brothers and sisters.
Kathy and Marc have been married for more than 30 years and enjoy travelling and gardening together. Marc teaches T’ai Chi and Qi Gong at COHS, as well as participates in the life of the church and Diocesan communities. They have one adult daughter, Caitlin, who lives in Philadelphia, but is a familiar face at COHS. They also have four cats, one African Gray Parrot, many koi, and a yard filled with bird feeders and birds. In her spare time, Kathy is an avid quilter and finds this to be an opportunity for creativity and meditation.