On January 14, the clergy of the Archdeaconry of Granville gathered to wish the Reverend Paulina Lee, outgoing rector of St. Chad’s (located in the Arbutus Bowl neighbourhood) the very best on her retirement. Grateful thanks were given for her 20 years of service as a priest and servant of God. The celebration, held at St. Anselm’s on the UBC Endowment Lands was marked with stories, laughter, great food and a delicious cake created by St. Anselm’s rector the Reverend Alex Wilson who is the son of one of the diocese of New Westminster’s best known bakers, John Wilson, ODNW. According to the Reverend Christine Wilson, Deacon at St. Faith’s “the cake was wickedly awesome, four-layer apple spice with icing and drizzled caramel. It was so incredible it took several people to slice it.”
Paulina was ordained in the Diocese of New Westminster in 2000, and began her ministry at The Church of the Good Shepherd. In 2002, Paulina was appointed to ordained leadership in the group of four parishes called the Jubilee Cluster. St. Chad’s was one of the parishes and the first to become independent after the Cluster’s five-year (2002-2005) covenant expired (the three other Vancouver parishes were: St. Mark's Kitsilano, St. George's in the VGH neighbourhood and St. Michael's near Broadway and Kingsway). She has been rector of St. Chad’s ever since.
Paulina’s general retirement plan is to spend quality time with her mother who is 96 and enjoy some R&R.
(Story prepared with files from Christine Wilson and Paulina Lee)
PHOTO Christine Wilson