Presiding Bishop to visit U.S. Navy in Italy, preach in Jerusalem

Posted Dec 19, 2012

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs]  Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will make a pastoral visit to American naval personnel in Italy and she has accepted the gracious invitation of Bishop Suheil Dawani to visit and preach in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Among her many activities during the two-week trip:

• On Dec. 20-22,  the presiding bishop will visit Episcopal Church chaplains and navy personnel in Naples, Italy, with Bishop James Magness, bishop suffragan for federal ministries.

• The presiding bishop will attend an ecumenical service at Shepherds’ Fields in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve.

• The presiding bishop will preach at Midnight Mass on Dec. 24 at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.

• The presiding bishop will preach at St. Andrew’s in Ramallah on Dec. 30.

“This is an opportunity to support those who care for military personnel far from home at this season, and to support fellow Christians in the Land of the Holy One,” Jefferts Schori said. “I ask the prayers of Episcopalians everywhere for the continuing crisis of violence in the Middle East, as well as in our own cities and towns.  Remember all who minister in the cause of peace as we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace.”



Comments (1)

  1. Rev, Vicki Gray says:

    I am glad the Presiding Bishop will visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem at Christmas to support fellow Christians in the Holy Land. i hope that while at the Shepherd’s Field she will take note of the wall that now runs through it and the massive Israeli settlement that now dominates the northern horizon. i hope she will also have a chance to visit Aida Camp just outside Bethlehem and meet the good folks at Alrowwad who are trying to turn rage into constructive creativity (

    And I hope that while in Jerusalem she will have a chance to visit) the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan where Palestinians are being dispossessed to make room for Israeli settlers and where, in the case of Sheikh Jarrah, Israeli youngsters are trying to ease the pain (

    I hope also that during the week between Jerusalem and Ramallah the Presiding Bishop might visit the all-Christian village of Taybeh, Rachel’s Well in Nablus, and the Tombs of Abraham and Sarah in Hebron and look around with open eyes and heart.

    And, on the homeward flight, I urge her to read again the Palestinians’ Kairos Document with new eyes and heart.

    I wish her a safe and fruitful journey and a truly blessed Christmas.

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