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The Right Rev. Catherine "Cate" Maples Waynick was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis in January 1997. Consecrated June 7 of that year, she became the Diocesan Bishop Sept. 10, 1997.
Bishop Waynick is one of 11 women who serve as bishops throughout the Anglican Communion. She is one of eight in the United States, while two serve in Canada and one in New Zealand. Currently she serves on the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons and is a member of the Review Committee, which responds to ecclesiastical charges against bishops. She has also served as vice chair of the Legislative Committee on Ministry for the General Convention.
At the time of her election, Bishop Waynick had been serving as rector of All Saints' Parish, Pontiac, Mich., for three years. Prior to her ministry in Pontiac, she served for 10 years on the staff of Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where she was associate rector.
During the bishop's time in the Diocese of Michigan, she served on a variety of Diocesan committees, including the Commission on Ministry (a group charged with oversight of academic preparation of candidates for ordination); the Standing Committee (which has both Diocesan and National Church responsibilities); the Program and Budget Committee of Executive Council; the Committee on Church Architecture and the Allied Arts; the Board of the Clergy Association; and, for 10 years, she was examining chaplain in liturgics and stewardship consultant. She also served several terms as dean of the South Oakland convocation, and as a member of the board of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations.
Bishop Waynick's community involvement during that time included work as a consultant to the General Motors Human Research Committee and service on the board of the Birmingham YMCA.
Cate Waynick attended Central Michigan University from 1966 to 1968 and earned a BA in religious studies from Madonna College in 1981. She attended St. John Provincial (RC) Seminary in Plymouth, Mich., and was awarded the master of divinity in 1985. She began work on a doctor of ministry degree at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, concentrating on the field of spiritual direction, and was named an honorary doctor of divinity in May 1998 by New York's General Theological Seminary.
Cate is married to Larry Waynick, a retired elementary school principal, and they have two married children. Leisure time is spent with "non-required" reading, music, travel, family and friends. "It is very different from parish ministry," she says of her Bishop's ministry, "because it lacks the day-by-day contact with a particular group of people, and I have missed that tremendously. But the challenges and responsibilities of leading and serving a diocese are energizing, and the joys and graces are immense.
"I suppose one of the most amazing things to me is that I have rarely felt I had to worry about being a woman in this role," says Waynick. "It feels very natural to me to be serving in this way, and I am more grateful than I can say that I have been given this gift."