The Rev. Alcena Boozer, rector emerita of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, will be named “Ecumenist of the Year” on May 12 at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Annual Community Awards and Celebration Dinner. The award is presented in recognition of leadership and commitment to fostering the love of Christ through ecumenical dialogue, witness and ministry.
A native Portlander, Boozer has served the local community as an educator and a priest of the Episcopal Church.
She worked 26 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator for the Portland school district, retiring as principal of Jefferson High School in 1997. From 1993 until May of 2010, she served as the rector of St. Philip the Deacon in Portland. Past assignments include assisting priest at Grace Memorial and St. Stephen in Portland; vicar at Emanuel in Birkenfeld, St. Augustine in Clatskanie, and St. John the Baptist in Portland; and dean and chaplain of the Upper School at Oregon Episcopal School.
Past diocesan service includes the Diocesan Council; and she currently serves on the Commission to End Racism.
In the community, Boozer has served as a member of the Metropolitan Tri-County Board of Directors and Loaves and Fishes Board of Directors. During the 1980s, she served her first term on the EMO Board of Directors, and she was the first female clergy elected as president of that board from 2006-07.
The awards and celebration dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Reservations can be made at emoregon.org.