Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is coming to Western New York

pbheadshotThe Presiding Bishop will be here March 3 – 5, 2017.

On Friday March 3, the Presiding Bishop will have lunch and meet with the clergy of the Diocese.  The clergy event will take place at the Diocesan Ministry Center from noon to 2:30 pm.  All the clergy of the Diocese are welcome.  RSVP to Vicki Zust vzust@episcopalwny.org.

On Friday afternoon the Presiding Bishop will be at a reception at St. Philip’s, Buffalo.  The Presiding Bishop’s father, Kenneth, was rector of St. Philip’s when Bishop Curry was growing up.

On Saturday afternoon the Presiding Bishop will be at the Diocesan Ministry Center from 1 to 3 pm.  He will be talking about the future of the Episcopal Church, the challenges and opportunities facing the Episcopal Church and our congregations and how we can take our faith out of our church an into the neighborhood.  The event is free and open to all.  Youth and young adults are invited to come and be a part of the conversation, there will be special seating available for junior and senior high youth.

Saturday evening the Presiding Bishop will be at the reception celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  The reception is at the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Site.  More information about this event can be found on the Cathedral’s web-site.

pbataltarOn Sunday morning Bishop Curry will be the celebrant and preacher at the 10:15 service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and speaker at the Dean’s hour at 9:15 am.

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015.  He was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.

Born in Chicago, IL, on March 13, 1953, Presiding Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, NY, and was graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, in 1975. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT. He has furthered his education with continued study at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.

pbactionshotPresiding Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, by the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, NC, by the Rt. Rev. John M. Burgess. He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s, Winston-Salem, in 1978 and was rector from 1979-1982. He next accepted a call as rector at St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, OH, serving from 1982-1988. In 1988 he was called to became rector of St. James’, Baltimore, MD, where he served until his election as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in February 2000.