Presiding Bishop in Liberia

Episcopal Life Online reporter, Lynette Wilson, on Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in LIberia:


Precious Johnson, 22, arrived at Trinity Cathedral here Jan. 3 expecting to see the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Johnson didn't expect to see a woman.
"I was expecting a man," she said outside the cathedral following the Eucharist. "I was excited to see a woman."

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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached and celebrated solemn high mass for more than 1,500 people on the second Sunday after Christmas at the cathedral in central Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, a nation of nearly 3.5 million people on Africa's west coast.

At the invitation of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, Jefferts Schori arrived there Jan. 2 for a weeklong stay. The visit marks the first time Jefferts Schori has been the official guest of an African church.


Photo by ENS

Jefferts Schori January 3 sermon is here.

The Liberian Observer carries the story with photos here:
The presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church of the United States, Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori, blessed hundreds of children at Trinity Cathedral yesterday, where over a thousand Episcopalians gathered to welcome her on her first visit to Liberia. ... We were moved to capture her blessing a Liberian child on Candid Camera.

Comments (2)

I'm very glad to see the Presiding Bishop go to Liberia, which is making a comeback after years of civil strife. TEC's ties with the Liberian Church are of great mutual value and we should do everything possible to strengthen and renew them. We may not be very welcome on the rest of the African continent right now, but Liberia is special and dear to us.

I'm also glad to see her go to Cuttington College, one of the bright spots in higher education in the country. Cuttington deserves all the direct support we can give it. Students need scholarships, books and computer access to scholarly materials not found in their library.

Thank you, +Katharine, keep doing God's work.

The reaction of Precious Johnson cited here reminds me of my own experience becoming a part of TEC early in 2009. Though I don't think I can say I really had "expectations," I was very pleased and excited indeed to discover the PB is a woman.

In spite of all the flack +Katharine takes, she is an excellent ambassador for the church and for what it stands for. I for one can say that she played a significant role in my attraction to TEC and she continues to do so.

Grant Charles Chaput

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