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on March 23, 2017 at 12:36 PM, updated March 23, 2017 at 2:21 PM
SPRINGFIELD – The Most Rev. Michael Curry, who is the first African American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will celebrate morning liturgy and evensong Oct. 15 at Christ Church Cathedral as part of the church’s 200th anniversary.
He will also attend a luncheon reception following the liturgy at what is the cathedral seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts at 35 Chestnut St.
Curry was installed during services Nov. 1, 2015 at Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral, succeeding Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman leader of the church.
A graduate of Yale Divinity School and formerly bishop of North Carolina, he was elected presiding bishop by a landslide vote at the denomination’s national assembly in June 2105 in Salt Lake City, Utah, that was attended by the Right Rev. Douglas Fisher, ninth diocesan bishop here.
Events during the bicentennial year also include the installation of the Very Rev. Tom Callard as the cathedral’s eighth dean on May 19.
The Rev. Anthony Guillen, missioner for Latino/Hispanic ministries for the Episcopal Church, will celebrate and preach during an Hispanic and Latino Celebration Sunday on Sept. 24 as part of National Hispanic Heritage month.
There will also be a Sunday morning “Civic Service” for elected officials on Nov. 12.
This Sunday, March 26, local historian Frances Gagnon will lead a forum, “Laying the Foundation: What was Springfield like in 1817, and how did this small band of Episcopalians fit into the wider culture?,” on after the 10 a.m. service.
According to a diocesan release, the cathedral traces its history to May 13, 1817, when a chapel on the second floor of a small building on the grounds of the U. S. Armory in Springfield was dedicated. Construction of the present church predates creation of the diocese.
Events celebrating the bicentennial are open to the public and listed below:
- March 26, History Sunday – At 8 a.m. and at 10 a.m., “Order for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper” from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer, the same Eucharistic liturgy used 200 years ago will be celebrated. After the 10 a.m. service, historian Frances Gagnon will lead a forum, “Laying the Foundation: What was Springfield like in 1817, and how did this small band of Episcopalians fit into the wider culture?”
- Sunday, April 16, Easter Sunday – Naming and recognition of Honorary Canons, clergy and laypersons whose service has contributed to the community and the world.
- Sunday, April 30 – Concert by Joseph O’Berry, organist and interim music director, featuring music by Hollywood composer Craig Phillips, at 3:30 with reception at 3.
- Friday, May 19 – Installation of the Very Rev. Tom Callard as the 8th Dean of Christ Church Cathedral
- Sunday, May 21 – Concert by O’Berry, featuring French masterworks by Franck, Messiaen, and Guilmant, at 3:30 with reception at 3.
- June 25, History Sunday – At 8 and 10 a.m. worship from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and commentary, followed at 11:30 by a panel discussion with those who were part of the community 60 years ago.
- Sept. 10, Homecoming Sunday – Service at 11 a.m., followed by a community picnic.
- Sept. 24, Hispanic and Latino Celebration Sunday – The Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, Latino missioner for the Episcopal Church, will preach and celebrate as part of National Hispanic Heritage month.
- Sunday, Oct. 15 – The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, will celebrate both in the morning and at an evensong service. A luncheon reception will follow the morning’s service.
- Nov. 12 – Sunday morning “Civic Service” for elected officials.