Swanson, Katrina Martha, 1935-2005.

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Katrina Martha van Alstyne Swanson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 1, 1935, the eldest child of the Rt. Rev. Edward R. and Catharine Bedlow Fish (van Alstyne) Welles. Swanson graduated from Radcliffe College in 1956. In 1958, she married George Swanson, an Episcopal priest. The Swansons moved to Coalinga, California, to George's first parish where they had two sons, Olof and William. The family spent a year in Botswana, Africa, in 1966, where Katrina came to accept and champion the ordination of women as deacons, priests, and bishops. On July 29, 1974, Katrina became one of the first eleven women priests in the Episcopal Church in a controversial and irregular ordination in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From that moment on, these women were known as the "Philadelphia 11." In 1978, Katrina became rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Union City, New Jersey, while her husband was rector of a nearby church in Jersey City, New Jersey. She was the first woman Episcopal rector in the tri-state New York metropolitan area. Katrina and George retired in 1996 to Manset, Maine.

From the description of Papers of Katrina Martha Swanson, 1888-2008 (inclusive), 1970-1990 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 589121347

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associatedWith Bozarth, Alla Renée, 1947- person
associatedWith Campfire Girls of Buffalo and Erie County. corporateBody
associatedWith Cheek, Alison. person
associatedWith Church of the Ascension (Jersey City, N.J. : Episcopal) corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of Maine. corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of Missouri. corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Church. Diocese of Newark. corporateBody
associatedWith Episcopal Women's Caucus. corporateBody
associatedWith Heyward, Carter. person
associatedWith Hiatt, Suzanne R. person
associatedWith Knight, Ann, 1943- person
associatedWith Park School of Buffalo. corporateBody
associatedWith Piccard, Jeannette, 1895-1981. person
associatedWith Piccard, Kathryn Ann. person
associatedWith Radcliffe College corporateBody
associatedWith Spong, John Shelby. person
associatedWith St. John's Episcopal Church (Union City, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Swanson, George. person
associatedWith Swanson, Katrina Martha. person
associatedWith Welles, C. B. F. van Alstyne (Catharine Bedlow Fish van Alstyne) person
associatedWith Welles, Edward Randolph, 1907-1991. person
associatedWith Welles, Ferne Malcolm, 1921- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Manset (Me.)
Sermons, American--Women authors
Women clergy
Spouses of clergy
Ordination of women--Episcopal Church
Ordination of women
Women priests


Birth 1935

Death 2005

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