Kathleen McKern Verigin is a licensed and ordained independent New Thought minister whose focus is creating ritual and ceremony that transform life events into magical memories. During the past twenty-five years Kathleen has designed and facilitated hundreds of unique ceremonies for a variety of life events. You name it, and she’s created a ceremony for it, including the businesses and non-profits.
Born, raised and educated in Ames, Iowa, Kathleen moved to Portland, Oregon in 1975. There she enjoyed a 20-year career in broadcasting, first radio and then television. She was highly praised for her creative writing of commercials and promos, and often invited into the recording studio for use of her eclectic voice talents. Kathleen produced a live morning television talk show, garnering high ratings and numerous awards. She received Emmy nominations for her documentary writing and producing skills, including winning a coveted statue for a documentary she wrote and produced on men who had been sexually abused as children.
After a lifetime of spiritual pursuits, and three years of focused study, Kathleen received a ministry license in 1996, and was later ordained in 2002. She has been a popular guest speaker and workshop leader at several New Thought churches in the greater Portland area, and beyond.
An avid student of world religions, Kathleen is particularly interested in Celtic Spirituality. Her Irish roots (daughter of Mary Kathleen Connolly McKern) motivated her to take several trips to The Emerald Isle. In the spring of 2000 Kathleen spent a month in Ireland on a solo pilgrimage of the soul. It was there that she studied and practiced elements of earth-based spirituality, which lead to her initiation as a Celtic Priestess. She shared this knowledge in Portland every six weeks with “Turning of the Wheel” ceremonies. The ceremonies honored the solstices, equinoxes, and the four cross-quarter festivals in between. They were all celebrations of the Divine in Nature. In April 2015 Kathleen will lead a 10th sacred site tour to Ireland.
By degree, Kathleen is an educator and communicator. Through life experience she is an EMMY Award-winning television writer/producer, author, publicist, inspirational speaker, spiritual counselor and mentor, wife, step-mom and cat lover.