Langley High School grad ordained as priest in New Zealand

Pixie Paris Rowe, a 1974 graduate of Langley High School and 1978 graduate of Seattle Pacific University, was ordained a priest on Nov. 21 in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Rev. Rowe will continue to work alongside her husband David Rowe, the dean of Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul in Wellington, New Zealand.

“In contrast to nearly all of the rest of the world, the gathering of 800 people for this special service was an enormous buzz,” Rowe said.

“Following the vows and laying on of hands by the two bishops, all the 23 people from all walks of life being ordained, gathered and performed an African style dance of joy, in solidarity and spirit with those who could not join with us; it was joyous.”

The couple were married on Whidbey Island in 1982 at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods church, following Rowe’s work and studies in England, where she met her British husband.

They served in various parishes in England until 2018, when they accepted a call to work in New Zealand. They have four children, and Rowe has been a Fairtrade advocate for many years, at present using those passions to run the Cathedral Welcome Centre and Shop.