Canon Harrigan has been involved with the Stevenson School for Ministry, then the School of Christian Studies, since 1995. She has led Exploring Your Ministry for 18 years and was Dean of the School for 10 years. She has led discernment workshops and retreats in other dioceses, including several years in the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, where she has also been a consultant to their Commission on Ministry. Canon Harrigan also directed the program for the diaconate in the School of Christian Studies.
She has a BSEd in Education from the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, an MA in Theatre and Education from Michigan State University and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School where she was the first recipient of the E. William Muehl prize in preaching. She was elected to the Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
In the wider church, she has been a deputy to General Convention for 6 conventions, has served on several legislative committees and chaired the legislative committee for Small Churches. She is currently appointed to the Standing Commission for Small Churches, of which she is vice-chair. She is elected to the board of the Association for Episcopal Deacons and is a member of the Vocational Committee for Life Long Formation. She was also elected to serve a term on the board of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
In the diocese, Canon Harrigan served as the Canon for Liturgy. She has also served on various diocesan committees and commissions, including the Commission on Ministry. She is the former rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Middletown and is currently rector at St. Paul’s in Harrisburg. She is the Chaplain at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School where she designed the religious formation program and currently teaches religion, directs the religious formation program and serves ex officio on the board of the school. She is the 2012 recipient of the Bishop’s Lifetime Award for Distinguished Servant Ministry.