Bishop Jeffrey Lee to Visit

Sunday May 10 at 9:00 a.m.

As many are aware, approximately every other year, one of the Bishops of the Diocese of Chicago makes a visitation to Church of the Holy Comforter to preach, preside at the Eucharist, celebrate Confirmation, and enjoy time with our congregation. Normally this visitation takes place on the Feast of Pentecost, our parish "birthday," but this year Pentecost falls during Memorial Day weekend, so I have requested that the visit take place on Sunday, May 10, which also happens to be Mother's Day.

This year, we will be blessed to welcome the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, the Diocesan-or senior-Bishop of the Diocese. Bp. Lee has not been to Holy Comforter in several years for a formal visitation, so it will be a special delight to welcome him back. On the 10th, he will preside and preach at the 9:00 Eucharist (and assist with any baptisms we might have that day), attend the coffee hour after that liturgy, and then confirm the 32 7th-9th graders who are currently enrolled in the Confirmation class, Confirm Not Conform, that Bill Haljun and I are leading on Sunday afternoons. Bp. Lee is a marvelous preacher and a very engaging, welcoming liturgical presence; and, to make things even better, is arguably the best-singing Bishop in the entire Episcopal Church (and a pretty mean organist, to boot)! I know that all present will be taken with his style, character, and personality.

On a personal note: many are aware that Bp. Jeff is one of my oldest and dearest friends, as we were seminary classmates and sacristans (the students who run the chapel and all worship services) at Nashotah House in Wisconsin over 30 years ago, and our families have been close for decades. In other words, I am personally elated that he will be joining us on May 10 for his first visit since I returned to Holy Comforter, and pray that the congregation will turn out in great force to welcome our Diocesan Bishop back to the parish.

More information on his visit will be included in the May issue of The Dove, but, for now, please make every effort to be present in May to enjoy the ministry, leadership, and gifts of Bp. Lee. I know I am a little biased, but please believe me when I say that we are truly blessed to have him as our Diocesan Bishop!

The Rev. Dr. Jason L. Parkin