April 18th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 16
Local woman ordained as Anglican priest
A dream comes true after a life-long committment to the Anglican church
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Rev. Nicky Keyworth (front row, fourth from left) was ordained into the priesthood in the Anglican church on April 8 at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in downtown Calgary. Rev. Keyworth is now serving in a joint ministry at the Grace Anglican United Church in Blairmore.
Pass Herald Reporter
Accompanied by about 25 church family friends from Crowsnest Pass supporting her, Rev. Nicky Keyworth travelled to Calgary to participate in a memorable ceremony where she, along with four others, became fully ordained as a priest.

For Rev. Keyworth, becoming fully ordained as a priest in the Anglican church was a "grassroots calling", an inexplicable need inspiring her to pursue it.

"I felt I needed to do it to be complete," says the 74-year-old. "We all have different things that we feel drawn towards. This has been my life's journey. It has been a long journey and I am just full of joy."

Rev. Keyworth will be serving in a joint ministry at the Grace Anglican United Church in Blairmore. Rev. Janni Belgum is the full time minister at the church and Rev. Keyworth will be preaching monthly and preside at the eucharist as needed.
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The ordination service took place on April 8 at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in downtown Calgary before a gathering of friends, family, clergy and the bishop of Calgary Greg Kerr-Wilson who ordained the five individuals.

"It was the most incredible experience. It was absolutely amazing," says Rev. Keyworth. "All throughout the service, there was beautiful music and hymns."

Rev. Keyworth has had a life-long involvement in the church.

"I was raised as an Anglican and I went to an Anglican school, so I was reared in the faith. I was a nurse for 30 years and then I felt a call to the ministry," she says.

In 2003, she was ordained a vocational deacon.
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Now, as a fully ordained priest, Rev. Keyworth can preside at the eucharist and officiate at weddings. She will retain her other duties assisting Rev. Belgum at services, conduct at funerals and perform pastoral visiting.

Rev. Keyworth took seven years of theological training by distance education and completed various courses learning about the Old Testament, the New Testament, ethics and the history of the church.

In between that time, she cared for her husband Palmer, who sadly passed away in July 2017. She says Palmer was "absolutely thrilled" with her decision to pursue ordination.

"He always supported me right from the start," she says.

The Grace Anglican United Church is located at 13307 20 Ave. in Blairmore.
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