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Bishop Cate Waynick

The Right Rev. Catherine (Cate) Maples Waynick was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis in January of 1997. She was consecrated on June 7 of that year, and became the Diocesan Bishop on September 10, 1997.

At the time of her election she had been serving as Rector of All Saints’ Parish, Pontiac, MI for three years. Prior to her ministry in Pontiac she served for ten years on the staff of Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI, where she was Associate Rector.


During Bishop Cate's time in the Diocese of Michigan she served on a variety of Diocesan committees, including the Commission on Ministry (a group charged with oversight of academic preparation of candidates for ordination), the Standing Committee (which has both Diocesan and National Church responsibilities), the Program and Budget Committee of Executive Council, the Committee on Church Architecture and the Allied Arts, the Board of the Clergy Association, and for ten years as Examining Chaplain in Liturgics, and Stewardship Consultant. She also served several terms as Dean of the South Oakland Convocation, and as a member of the Board of the National Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations.

Her community involvement during that time included work as a consultant to the General Motors Human Research Committee, and service on the Board of the Birmingham YMCA.

She attended Central Michigan University from 1966-68, and earned a BA in Religious Studies from Madonna College in 1981. She attended St. John Provincial (RC) Seminary in Plymouth, MI, and was awarded the Master of Divinity in 1985. She began work on a Doctor of Ministry degree at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, concentrating on the field of Spiritual Direction, and was named an honorary Doctor of Divinity in May of 1998 from The General Seminary in New York City.

Bishop Waynick serves as the Chair of The Advisory Committee on Pension Fund Abundance and as Chair of The Task Force on Title IV Revisions. She serves on the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, and as a member of the Review Committee, which responds to ecclesiastical charges against bishops. She also serves on the Board of Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester, New York and is the Assistant Secretary to the House of Bishops. She has also served as Vice Chair of the legislative committee on Ministry for the General Convention.

Cate has been married for 35 years to Larry Waynick, a retired elementary school principal, and they have two married children. Leisure time is spent with “non-required” reading, music, travel, family and friends.

About her ministry she says, “It is very different from parish ministry because it lacks the day by day contact with a particular group of people, and I have missed that tremendously. But the challenges and responsibilities of leading and serving a diocese are energizing, and the joys and graces are immense. I suppose one of the most amazing things to me is that I have rarely felt I had to worry about being a woman in this role. It feels very natural to me to be serving in this way, and I am more grateful than I can say that I have been given this gift.”

Bishop's Pages

Concerning the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (2015)

A pastoral letter to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Indianapolis concerning the problems and unfairness of The Religious Freedom Restoration Act Indiana passed and signed into law.

Bishop's Ash Wednesday Reflection on a Holy Lent (2015)

It is our role as pastors and teachers to invite others into the observance of a holy Lent. It is not about artificial self-sacrifice—little denials which can remind us at only a surface level what the cost of Incarnation is to God, what the cost of dying is to Jesus the Christ. A holy Lent is a journey toward the great joy of the meeting of truth and mercy, of repentance and forgiveness, of conversion and justice, of God’s unquenchable love transforming us and strengthening us for a future of lasting peace.

Bishop Waynick Has Papal Audience

Bishop Cate Attends House of Bishops Meeting in Taiwan

Photos from Bishop Cate's trip to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2014 to attend the Fall 2014 meeting of the House of Bishops.

A Message from Bishop Waynick on Same Gender Marriage in Indiana

October 2014 marks a change in same gender marriage in Indiana. Bishop Cate address the issue from the standpoint of the diocese.

Bishop Waynick Offers Statement on Indiana HJR3

The Indiana State Assembly has before it a bill which, if passed, would amend the State Constitution to limit the definition of marriage in a way that would make it illegal in Indiana to recognize the marriages of same gender couples, even if they are legally recognized in other States. The Bishop has stated why the diocese opposes this bill and asks for support for this position.

Our Mission Is Transformation

A reflection from Bishop Cate on the mission of the Church, the diocese, and individual Christians.

An Easter Sermon from Bishop Waynick

A Word to the Church: Godly Leadership in the Face of Violence

Bishop Cate Sings --Listen Here! (Video)

Bishop Cate sings with the Bishops/Spouses choir at Lambeth. Listen here!

House of Bishops Issues Pastoral Letter on Immigration Reform

House of Bishops issues Pastoral Letter along with a Theological Resource:“The Nation and the Common Good: Reflections on Immigration Reform”

The Bishop's Visitation Schedule

Visitation Schedule for Bishop Cate Waynick

Bishop Waynick's Confirmation Checklist

For Clergy and Congregations Hosting Confirmations Here are some guidelines from the Bishop. ..

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