The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, visited Western New York this weekend.
For the Presiding Bishop this was a homecoming. Bishop Curry was raised in Western New York. His father, Kenneth Curry was rector of St. Philip’s, Buffalo.
During his visit the Presiding Bishop met with the Diocesan clergy, had lunch with lay leaders, met with some of Buffalo’s civic and religious leaders and attended a reception at St. Philip’s and spoke to a gathering of clergy and laity at the Diocesan Ministry Center. You can hear a recording of that here.
The Presiding Bishop joined with Bishop Franklin and The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Bishops and President Jennings attended a reception at the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Site on Saturday evening. Among other dignitaries present at the gala reception was Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. The County Executive presented proclamations honoring the Presiding Bishop and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The Presiding Bishop was the preacher and celebrant at the Cathedral’s service on Sunday. Bishop Franklin, President Jennings and some of Western New York’s civic leaders also attended the service.
Bishop Franklin said, “It was wonderful to have our Presiding Bishop with us in Western New York. So many Episcopalians only encounter the Presiding Bishop on Sunday mornings when we pray for ‘Michael, our Presiding Bishop’. Now many people have had a real experience with our Presiding Bishop.” Bishop Franklin also called the Presiding Bishop one of the greatest preachers of our generation and said, “It is a wonderful opportunity for so many people to experience the impact of truly great preaching, it was a revival experience.”