The Rev. Canon Dr. Winifred B. Gaines

The Rev. Canon Dr. Winifred B. Gaines

Please join us in prayer for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Canon Dr. Winifred B. Gaines, retired Priest in our diocese, who passed away on September 30th. A memorial service in the honor of the Rev. Canon Gaines will be held on Friday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento. Please join us in prayer for the entire Gaines family.

The Rev. Canon Gaines graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in 1978, became the first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and the first female Chaplain of the California State Senate. "Winnie Gaines had a true pastor's heart," shares Bishop Barry Beisner. "It is also true that she was a bold pioneer, but it was because she had a deep and abiding love for the people of God. She and Bob, her husband, were a vital ministry team in this diocese and at Trinity Cathedral."

Memorial Gifts
Bob Gaines recently established the Winifred B. Gaines Scholarship Endowment with a $100,000 gift to support seminarians in this diocese. His gift is a challenge grant, and supporters, alumni and friends are encouraged to help meet the challenge with a gift of any size. To contribute, please consider donating online by clicking here or you may send a check, payable to: CDSP, with "Gaines Fund" in the memo line, to Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA, 94709.

Please click here to read the memorial article honoring the Rev. Canon Gaines published by the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

O eternal Lord God, who holdest all souls in life: Give, we
beseech thee, to thy whole Church in paradise and on earth
thy light and thy peace; and grant that we, following the
good examples of those who have served you here and are
now at rest, may at the last enter with them into thine
unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and
reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.

BCP, pg. 202



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