Effective July 1, 2020, the Cathedral has a clergy team of “Vicars” serving our Cathedral ‘ohana. A familiar presence, Father Keleawe Hee has primary pastoral care oversight, visiting the sick and the housebound. He also has liturgical responsibility for the Sunday 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM liturgies. Newer to the Cathedral Close, Mother Heather Patton-Graham has primary oversight for formation and educational programming, and responsibility for the liturgies on Saturday evening at 5:30 and Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. She will be the primary officiant at monthly Sunday 5:30 Evensongs when they can resume. Mother Heather is also Chaplain at St. Andrew’s Schools.
Heather and Keleawe work together as a team to plan liturgies and special events. They both have offices in the Memorial Building, keeping office hours, as well as availability to meet over the phone, or through other virtual means.
Here’s a little more about each of them:
The Rev. Dr. Keleawe Hee
You may think you already know him, since he has been at the Cathedral for a few years, but did you know that Keleawe is a local boy of Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino descent? He grew up in Kapahulu and would walk to the beach often. He is married to his wife Faye and together they have two daughters who are in their thirties. He and Faye live in Palolo valley with their big poi dog they rescued from the pound.
Keleawe is a product of the public school system, graduating from Kaimuki High. He went to the University of Hawai‘i eventually attaining a Ph.D. in education. He taught for thirty years in the Department of Education, the University of Hawaii, and Chaminade University.
Keleawe was in the first class of Waiolaihui‘ia, the local formation program, and graduated in 2015. He was ordained in 2016 by Bishop Bob and has been assigned to the Cathedral since then.
Join Fr. Keleawe on Sundays at the 7:00 AM early morning service or the 8:00 AM Hawaiian language service. Fr. Keleawe is the Vicar for Pastoral Care. If you need to talk to someone please call or email him to set up an appointment. He can be reached at 808-524-2822 ext 217 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Heather Patton-Graham
Ordained to the priesthood in 2003, Heather is a priest who loves to teach. Growing up in Dover, DE, the daughter of two educators, the rhythm of life for her was shaped by two things: the school calendar and the church calendar. By the time Heather graduated from Dover High School, she had begun to sense a call to ministry. Attending the University of Delaware, Heather earned a B. A. in American Studies with a concentration in Black American Studies, however, it was her deep engagement in Episcopal Campus Ministry which solidified her call to the priesthood, and set her on the road to seminary and ordination.
Heather earned her Master’s of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City. Studies at General were thrilling, and she had the opportunity to proctor all of the scripture classes when she was a senior, truly opening the door to teaching and formation for her.
From General Seminary until now, Heather has served in large parishes, as well as Episcopal schools in DE, PA, and DC; while in DC, she also served at Washington National Cathedral, in conjunction with her chaplaincy at St. Albans School. She has led adult formation workshops and classes and Diocesan trainings, mission camps for adults, families, and youth, as well as youth retreats and camps, and many, many more lock-ins than she can even count. Her life in schools has also been robust; she has taught all levels and led Chapels for students from Pre-K through 12th grade Heather’s favorite classes to teach are Bible and World Religions (though she loves a little Religion and Social Justice and Ethics, too). She and her family moved to Hawai‘i in 2016, as she joined the Chaplaincy at ‘Iolani School.
She is thrilled to be fully joining the ‘ohana at the Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Schools, and looks forward to meeting folks in person, over the phone, or through some brilliant virtual way! Saturdays at 5:30pm, Sundays at 10am, and Evensongs (when they can resume) is where you will find her on the weekends. Her office phone number is 808-524-2822 ext 213, and email: email@example.com.