The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz
During May of 2016, while travelling in Scotland, Canon Stefani was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. You can read about her cancer journey as well as updates on her CaringBridge page. After taking medical leave from May to December 2016, she is again working with the bishop and the priests and congregations of the diocese and thanks everyone for their prayers.
The Rev Canon Stefani Schatz has served as Canon to the Ordinary since June of 2013. The “Ordinary” is our Bishop Marc Handley Andrus. Stefani often describes the role similar to that of “secretary of state” because she takes the news of the bishop and the diocese out to the congregations and brings back the news of the congregations to the bishop and bishop’s staff. With all her driving around the Bay Area, Stefani quickly dubbed herself the “mobile canon” and photos of her visits from Livermore and Los Altos, to Inverness and Crockett, and all 80 congregations in between can be found on her Facebook page.
Prior to arriving in the Bay Area, Stefani served for five years as rector of the cardinal parish in the Diocese of Nevada, Trinity Church in Reno, Nevada. Trinity is a downtown program-sized church where Stefani was particularly proud of the growth of a family-focused Holy Eucharist with all the holy chaos of a liturgy dedicated to the needs of children. Prior to living in Reno, Stefani and her spouse The Rev Joe Duggan (an Episcopal priest resident in the Diocese of Northern California) lived in Manchester, UK while Joe studied for a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Manchester.
Stefani was licensed in the Church of England and served as team rector with a team of ordained and lay leaders serving three congregations in an economically-disadvantaged urban neighborhood. Stefani¹s undergraduate degree is in Administration & Legal Processes from Mills College in Oakland, which she attended after growing up in Santa Barbara, CA.She received her Masters of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduation, she returned to her sponsoring diocese of Los Angeles to serve as associate at St Cross-by-the-Sea in Hermosa Beach. While Joe undertook a Masters of Theology also from EDS Stefani was the director of religious education and priest-in-charge at All Saints Parish in Brookline, MA.
Stefani and Joe now live in Alameda with two tabby cats and when she is not working she loves cooking, movies, and occasional retail therapy particularly at local thrift stores.
Canon Stefani is available to teach or lead on these topics:
- Mutual Ministry Review and Planning Process (required annually for every congregation)
- Vestry and bishop’s committee retreats
- Initiating and managing change in congregations
- Congregational development including invitation, welcome, and integration of visitors and newcomers
- the Vitality Practices of the Diocese: Invitation, Collaboration, Diversity, and Embeddedness
You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.869.7806
The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz joined the staff of the Diocese of California on June 3, 2013.
To read about Stefani’s call, read the announcement posted on April 5, 2013.