Kemmerer woman to be ordained priest

KEMMERER — The Right Reverend John Smylie, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, will ordain Carey-Lea Dmytriw to the Sacred Order of Priests at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 506 Cedar Ave. in Kemmerer.

A priest in the Episcopal Church is part of the team of leadership within a congregation. The ministry of a priest is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to proclaim the gospel; to administer the sacraments such as baptisms and celebration of the Holy Eucharist; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of God.

 When Dmytriw started attending St. James’ in Kemmerer some 14 years ago, she felt very welcomed and encouraged to explore her spirituality without judgment or fear of being “wrong.” She began serving in the ministries of Worship Leader and Eucharist Minister and served on the Vestry. 

Dmytriw was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on June 30, 2018, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Laramie, and graduated with a Certificate in Theological Studies from the Seminary of the Southwest Wyoming Iona Initiative this month.

 Dmytriw is currently a special education teacher in Kemmerer and will continue her secular vocation in addition to entering into this new ministry.  She has two daughters, ages 10 and 12, and enjoys watching them explore opportunities and develop their own interests.

 Prayers are requested and all are welcome at Dmytriw’s Ordination.