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Published June 09 2012

Episcopal Church’s presiding bishop visits ND this week

FARGO – The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church will make her first visit to North Dakota as presiding bishop to celebrate the church’s work for flood relief in Minot and attend the Niobara Convocation.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will attend an Evensong service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral, 3600 25th St. S. in Fargo.

On Wednesday, she will attend services at St. George’s Church in Bis-marck.

On Thursday, Jefferts Schori will attend the 140th Niobara Convocation, a gathering of Native American Episcopalians at the Standing Rock Reservation.

The Tuesday Evensong traditional Anglican evening worship service is open to the public and features music by the Gethsemane Choir.

This is the first visit to North Dakota of a sitting Episcopal presiding bishop since 2004.

Jefferts Schori’s visit is intended to recognize the humanitarian and historic contributions the Episcopal Church has made throughout North Dakota while bringing focus to the spiritual, social and housing needs in the state’s Oil Patch.

Working in conjunction with the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota to respond to the 2011 Minot flood, Episcopal Relief & Development has provided over $110,000 of direct and indirect support to the residents of Minot. In addition, more than 1,000 volunteer hours have been logged by Episcopalians from across America helping rebuild the community and return residents displaced by the flood to their homes. That number is expected to triple before summer ends.

The 140th Niobrara Convocation on the Standing Rock Reservation serves the same social function as the historic Sun Dance, when various tribes came together in the summer. Several Episcopal presiding bishops have attended the Niobrara Convocations. Usually held on one of the nine reservations in South Dakota, this is the first time the convocation has been held in North Dakota.

Jefferts Schori was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in June 2006.