Holy Cross Welcomes The Rev. Anne Abdy

Rev. Anne comes to us from the Diocese of Oregon. She was the Vicar of Holy Spirit, Sutherlin, Oregon, until February 2021, when she moved to the Atlanta area to be closer to family. She completed her Deaconate at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Eugene and served as an Associate and Sabbatical Supply Priest at Resurrection before receiving her present parish. She worked full-time as a recreation therapist, addiction counselor, and mental health therapist at the Junction City campus of the Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital. Anne has over thirty years of experience listening to the stories of individuals with chronic mental illness in hospital, community, and residential settings.

She brings to ministry a passion for walking alongside others on their spiritual journey as a Spiritual Director and offering a welcoming sacred space for exploring how God is revealed to us through the liturgy, creation, and in holy conversations. She comes to ministry as a lifelong Anglican/Episcopalian. She claims that the Cursillo Movement “formed” her after introducing her to the concept for the need of a rule of life. Through the years, she has adopted the Benedictine approach to the spirituality of “Ora et Labora,” meaning “Pray and Work,” and the Benedictine’s practice of radical hospitality. Rev. Anne brings to ministry an understanding of discrimination and need for inclusion for all after growing up in the Apartheid Era in Southern Africa (Namibia and South Africa) as a daughter of a missionary/priest and a mother who was a nurse.

She received her Master of Divinity from Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee in 2016. Her professional degrees include a Master of Education with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation Management from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Missouri State University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Cottey College.

Rev. Anne is married to Stacy. Together they love visiting their family members, especially their grandson. Stacy's daughter is a physics teacher, and her son is a Captain in the Marines flying helicopters out of Jacksonville, NC. Anne has one brother, Mark. who lives in Western Maryland and works for the Federal Government. Both Anne and Stacy have many passions. They enjoy meeting God in nature as they hike, kayak, camp, walk along the beach, snorkel/scuba and love on their fur babies: Logan (dog), Pippy, Boots and Little Bit (all cats).

We look forward to welcoming Anne on October 16th at our 9:00 a.m. breakfast.

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