The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will tour the diocesan areas affected by Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Curry will be accompanied by the Rt. Rev. David M. Reed, Bishop Diocesan, and the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, Bishop Suffragan, from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Additional guests will include the Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Episcopal Relief and Development, along with additional staff members from the national Episcopal Church offices in New York City and diocesan office in San Antonio.
The visit is being coordinated by Jennifer Wickham, Bishop’s Deputy for Disaster Recovery for the Diocese of West Texas. Joined by clergy leaders from a number of hurricane-affected areas*, the Coastal Bend tour will include visits to a low-income neighborhood area in Corpus Christi, as well as the communities of Port Aransas and Rockport. A special worship service is planned for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church located at 555 Enterprise Boulevard in Rockport. More than 500 are expected to attend.
*The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas is currently providing Hurricane Harvey recovery assistance to fifteen counties (Aransas, Bee, Caldwell, Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria). The diocese comprises 26,000 members in 86 congregations spread across 60 counties in Central and South Texas and covers 69,000 square miles. Its headquarters are at the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Michael Bruce Curry, the first African American to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, is an author, preacher, and activist, noted for his inspiring and galvanizing preaching style and his profound concern for social justice. His historic election at the 2015 General Convention reflected the commitment of many in the Church to the serious soul-searching and evangelical renewal that Bishop Curry has named in his sermons as the difficult work of transforming the world “from our nightmare into God’s dream”.