The Reverand Anne Abdy, Vicar
Rev. Anne Abdy is the Vicar of Holy Spirit, Sutherlin, Oregon. 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 currently works full-time at the Junction City campus of the Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital and has 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 lifelong Anglican/Episcopalian and 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 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 mother who was a nurse. She has one brother, Mark, and lives with a tux cat named “Boots.”
She received her Masters of Divinity from Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee in 2016. Her professional degrees include a Masters 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.