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.”


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.

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