“It’s going to be a great day of celebration,” said the Very Rev. Carol Wade, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral.
Curry will preach at the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services. A brunch will be served between services, and a reception will follow the second service.
In a written statement, Curry said, “I am looking forward to meeting and greeting and praying with the people in the Diocese of Lexington during their convention on Saturday and at the cathedral on Sunday. This weekend will mark my first visit to the Diocese of Lexington as Presiding Bishop, but not my first visit with the good people there. So it is great to return.”
Wade described Curry as “a passionate preacher.”
“He has an infectious love for God and that carries through in all he does,” she said. “We are in for a great gift.”
In addition to his pastoral duties, Curry, the first black presiding bishop in the church’s history, serves as its president, CEO and chair of its executive council. He was elected to the post last June, succeeding the church’s first female presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori.
Curry, who previously served as bishop of North Carolina, has spoken out about social justice issues including reconciliation, immigration policy and marriage equality throughout his ministry.
Wade said Curry has a way of encouraging others “to help people transcend difference and work together.”
That is a common goal shared by Christ Church, she said.
“Christ Church has always had a prophetic voice,” Wade said, noting that the church and its ministries have been “passionate about doing the work of reconciliation in the world” as well as focused on “supporting and helping others thrive.”
Christ Church is the state’s oldest Episcopal congregation, dating to 1796. The cathedral building on Market Street was built in 1848 and was the fourth church on the site. Former members include Henry Clay, John Wesley Hunt and other Lexington notables, according to information provided by the diocese.
The presiding bishop’s visit comes at a challenging time for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington.
In March, the Rt. Rev. Douglas Hahn was suspended from his position as bishop for a year, after he admitted that he had had a sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner, and that he withheld that information while seeking to become Lexington’s bishop.
On Saturday, Curry is scheduled to preside and preach at a special convention at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester where deputies are expected to affirm a nominee for bishop provisional to serve the diocese in Hahn’s absence.