On June 30, 2022, a major transition is taking place in the Diocese of Arizona: Canon Cathy Black will officially retire.
Cathy has served faithfully since 2004 as the heart, memory, and wisdom of the Diocesan Office in Arizona, first as Bishop Smith’s Assistant, and eventually as the Canon for Administration. She has been the person people call, turn to, cry with, laugh with, vent to, and ask for help. She has served the wider church through her leadership with B+E+S+T (Bishops’ Executive Secretaries Together) and was also incredibly influential in helping me learn how to be a bishop.
In anticipation of this day, we have spent the past two years planning and transitioning, as we bring in and train new staff to assume many of the roles that she has played for 18 years.
Cathy is not vanishing into the sunset; she is a member of Christ Church of the Ascension and will continue to offer her Spiritual Gifts workshops, and work with Vestries and Bishop’s Committees. Information on how to contact her after her retirement for congregations who wish to invite her will go out after her retirement.
But for now—if Cathy’s work and ministry have shaped your life and faith—drop her a line to join us in saying “thank you!”