Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bishop Harris Recovering from Stroke

From The Living Church-

The Diocese of Massachusetts has reported that the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris has undergone a stroke. The June issue of the diocese’s Episcopal E-News said the 80-year-old bishop had spent a weekend in a hospital after falling at her home. Medical tests found evidence of the stroke.

“She is mobile and now recuperating at a rehabilitation facility,” the report said. “She is reported to be gaining strength each day and hopes to return home soon. In the meantime, good wishes and words of encouragement may be sent to her in care of the Office of the Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111.”

She was consecrated in February 1989 as the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion. She served as suffragan bishop in Massachusetts until 2003, and then accepted an invitation from the Rt. Rev. John B. Chane to assist in the Diocese of Washington.

Bishop Harris alluded to her age on May 9 when speaking at All Saints’ Church in Pasadena, Calif. She mentioned that the Rt. Rev. Thomas M. Shaw III, Bishop of Massachusetts since 1995, had raised $19 million to establish a diocesan camp and conference center named in her honor.

“I said, ‘It’s very dangerous to name something for somebody while they’re still living, because you never know,’” the bishop said amid widespread laughter. “So now he has ensured one thing: I will try to behave myself for the rest of my life.”

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