The Rev. Katherine Baginski Doar, Associate Priest
Since 1999, Katherine has been the Children and Family Minister at St. Francis, building ministries that form our children and youth as Christians with opportunities for all to discover and share their talents.
Katherine's journey toward becoming an Episcopal priest started at a very young age. "I felt that God wanted me to do something with my life that helped others, but as a Roman Catholic girl, I didn't see the priesthood as an option. I spent my young adult years looking for the place and way that God wanted me to serve: teaching in the Peace Corps in Africa, finding my denominational home in the Episcopal church, working for a homeless agency in San Francisco and a battered women's shelter in Boston, going to seminary to study feminist theology and instead ending up deeply engaged in pastoral ministry. Through all this, the pieces gradually came together for me, and I felt God calling me to be a priest in the Episcopal Church."
Her seminary education was at Harvard Divinity School and Church Divinity School of the Pacific, but she also credits her time in the Peace Corps, 18 months working in homeless services in San Francisco, and nine years as a co-op preschool parent as critical to her formation for ministry. Katherine has three children—one in elementary, one in high school, and one in college—so one of her other hats is as a passionate advocate for our local public schools. She's also an avid skier and "a big time musical theatre junkie."