WASHINGTON, D.C. – CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement recognizing the installation of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as the first African American to lead the U.S. Episcopal Church.
“The Congressional Black Caucus commends Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on becoming the twenty-seventh Presiding Bishop, Primate, and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, which is the nation’s 14th largest denomination. Presiding Bishop Curry becomes the first African American to hold the position, in what has been marked as a historic and momentous occasion for the nearly two million parishioners around the country.
“Previously the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of my home state of North Carolina and Bishop of Duke Chapel at Duke University, Presiding Bishop Curry was elected and overwhelmingly confirmed during the church’s 78th General Convention, formally taking office on November 1, 2015, to serve a term of nine years.
“Presiding Bishop Curry has remained steadfast in his faith throughout the course of his priesthood and has long served as a pillar within the Episcopal community. Members of the CBC congratulate Presiding Bishop Curry and his family, and we pray that God continues to bless him in his faith and service to the ministry.”