Thursday, October 21, 2010

Episcopal Church's presiding bishop coming to Buffalo

From Buffalo-

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church will visit Buffalo at the end of the month and speak at the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York's annual governing convention.

Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, considered chief pastor of 2.4 million Episcopalians in 16 countries and 110 dioceses, was elected and invested to the post in 2006.

She is the 26th presiding bishop.

Her visit will coincide with the diocese's 173rd convention, to be held Oct. 29 and 30 in the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga.

Jefferts Schori will speak at the convention on Oct. 29 and preside and preach at a service in St. Paul's Cathedral, 128 Pearl St., 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Admission to the service is by ticket only. A limited number of tickets for this special service remain and are available to the public free of charge. Call the diocesan communication office at 881-0660, Ext. 22, by Wednesday.

Prior to being ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1994, Jefferts Schori had a career as an oceanographer.

In 2000, she was elected bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, the same diocese where the Rev. J. Michael Garrison had served as a priest prior to his election in 1999 as bishop of Western New York.

Jefferts Schori's visit will include a tour of Buffalo, with stops at Broderick Park and Journey's End Refugee Services.

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