The Rev. Canon Denise G. Haines, Class of 1977, died on Oct. 8, 2012, in Summit, N.J. She was in the vanguard of women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, former archdeacon of the Diocese of Newark, and author and developer of innovative pastoral-care programs. In 1973 Denise was accepted as a student at General when women were not permitted to enter the priesthood. Following General Convention's approval of the ordination of women, she was ordained deacon and priest in 1977 by Bishop John S. Spong. After ordination she ministered as the priest-in-charge at St. Paul's in Chatham.
In 1983 she was named Archdeacon for Missions and Urban Ministries for the Diocese of Newark, becoming the first clergy woman in our church to serve as an archdeacon. During this period she co-authored, with Bishop Spong, "Beyond Moralism, a Contemporary Discussion of the Ten Commandments." As archdeacon, she was an advocate for under-served communities, and a principal in developing low income housing in the diocese. She also established partnerships with Anglican communities in southern Africa, educating clergy in clinical pastoral care for AIDS patients.
Denise also worked in hospital ministry -- as Director of Pastoral Education at St. Luke's-Roosevelt in New York, then as Director of Pastoral Care at the Jersey City Medical Center and later as the Director of Education at the Health Care Center in New York. She retired in 2004, yet in 2008 returned to the diocesan staff when she was appointed by Bishop Mark Beckwith as the interim canon, a position she held into 2009.
She is survived by her children, Andrew, Bill and Elizabeth, and several grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, NJ (where she had been an associate and the first woman elected to the vestry), on October 20, 2012 at 10 a.m.