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North Carolinian to be installed as Presiding Bishop of Episcopal Church

Posted October 31, 2015 10:47 p.m. EDT
Updated October 31, 2015 10:49 p.m. EDT

More than 1,000 Episcopalians gathered in Washington D.C. Saturday, one day before a North Carolinian becomes their world-wide leader.

Michael Bruce Curry was elected and confirmed as the twenty-seventh Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in June in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The crowd of hand-clapping, singing and prayerful people celebrating Curry at a vigil on Saturday included a group who traveled by bus from North Carolina.

Alice Freeman of Wilson has known Curry for 15 years.

“He is a man of god, there’s no denying that. He is a man who brings peace and helps people to move past whatever their past is and to move forward,” Freeman said.

Rt. Rev. Dan Daniel is the bishop of Pennsylvania. The Goldsboro native previously served as Bishop of East Carolina and believes that the Episcopal Church needs Michael Curry as its leader.

“The first reason is that Michael has the gift, and it is a gift to be, to be able to cast a vision and to cast in is such a way that people will get behind it and move with it,” said Daniel. “He is a true leader in that regard.

The Episcopalian Church has suffered through challenges and losses in recent years, but the diocese of North Carolina is growing. Many people attribute that growth to Curry.

“He is just infectious with his personality. He never meets a stranger. He always has been just a phenomenal person to be around, just a wonderful child of God,” said attendee Al Ragland

Curry will be installed as the twenty-seventh Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Sunday at noon during a live event.