Cathy Dempesy-Sims has been a priest since 2008. She has spent her entire priestly career in WNY/NWPA serving first as an associate at St Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, then as rector of Good Shepherd, Buffalo and Priest in Charge at Ascension, Buffalo. In 2016 Bishop Bill Franklin called Cathy as the Canon to the Ordinary for Western New York. Cathy remains on Bishop Sean Rowe’s staff as the Canon for Pastoral Care and Congregational Support. As part of that position she was deployed to serve St. James, Batavia in late 2021.
A native of Chicago and Wisconsin, Cathy’s first profession was as a psychotherapist, specializing in addiction care. She supervised the development and expansion of several specialized programs focusing on women’s mental health and addiction, with a special focus on single mothers.
In her spare time Cathy loves baseball (a life-long Cubs fan who also has a great allegiance to the Toronto Blue Jays and Buffalo Bisons), her two dogs (who you will see often in her office at St. James), and her donkey and goat who live on a farm in Eden, NY. Most of Cathy's family lives in the midwest except her step-son, Patrick who lives in Buffalo. A widow, Cathy has lived in WNY for 20 years.