Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Trailblazing Sacramento Episcopal priest Winifred Gaines dies at 87

From Northern California-

Memorial services are scheduled Friday for the Rev. Canon Winifred B. “Winnie” Gaines, the first female priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.

The Rev. Canon Gaines, who had suffered strokes in the past few years, died Sept. 30 at the age of 87. Services for the retired priest are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave.

“The same attributes as a mother also made her a good priest,” said her son, state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado Hills. “She was a loving, nurturing mother. She treated her congregation the same way.”

In addition to being the first woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, the Rev. Canon Gaines was also the first female chaplain of the California State Senate, her son said.

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1 comment:

JCF said...

Memory Eternal! I think I may have met her, many years ago, at the Cathedral. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory!