Kathie MacDuff is a writer, artist and instructor who has been teaching for over eighteen years. She has been the keynote speaker and facilitator at many weekend retreats, Ladies Time Out programs and professional gatherings, has taught at the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre in BC for ten years and, for the past eight years, has held weekly classes from her art studio located in the back of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Calgary. Click here to link to more information about the art studio. Kathie is an active volunteer, both in the community and at her church.
Favourite Good Shepherd Memories: I remember how happy I was that my seventeen year old step-daughter Tracie wanted to come with me when I told her I wanted to check out a church. It was 1991 and we’d just returned to Calgary. The priest, Rev. Ray Brassel, had been away on holidays and I was expecting a fabulous sermon. Imagine my disappointment when there wasn’t one! Then I found out he wasn’t due back for another week and the man officiating was the warden at that time, Michael Crockford!
Since then, our family has experienced almost all of our recent “big” events (including baptisms, confirmations and weddings) under the Good Shepherd roof. It “feels” like home to us and despite the winds of change that always blow, the Good Shepherd family is always present. Our best “personal” events flow from there as well fast friendships, Sorrento Centre and “strength for the journey.”
I would be remiss not to include the many moving moments experienced at the “back” of the church in the art studio but there just isn’t room. I truly feel blessed to have been able to meet so many wonderful people and to be part of their journeys. Together we have laughed, cried, mourned the passing of fellow creatives and have learned that God speaks to us when we are actively pursuing our creativity.