Posted on March 2, 2021. Updated on March 2, 2021

A year ago, on March 13th, the Episcopal Church lost one of our greatest treasures, The Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris, who was the first woman bishop ever ordained in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.  She was a prophetic voice in advocating for civil rights, voting rights, calling out racism, and supporting women’s ministries.  She persisted and flourished in her ministry as Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts (1989-2003), despite opposition and threats from many on account of her being a woman, an African American, a divorcée, and her lack of formal seminary education.  She said, “It was the Spirit who guided and sustained me through a time when there was a calculated effort to neutralize my influence and to mute my voice in the diocese.  But I always knew the power behind me was greater than the task ahead of me.”  She was--and continues to be--an inspiring role model to many in our Church. 


On March 13, 2021 at 2pm the Diocese of California will be offering a virtual Evensong celebration commemorating her life and ministry and her ties to the Diocese of California.  The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, will be the Officiant and The Most Rev. Dr. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will offer some of his fond reminiscences of Bishop Barbara.  


Many may remember that the Robert Lentz icon of Mary Magdalene, which hangs in Grace Cathedral, was commissioned in honor of her election and her visit to the Cathedral.  She last was in San Francisco at DioCal’s 2017 Diocesan Convention; after the Convention Eucharist, she was interviewed by DioCal Communications Head Stephanie Martin Taylor.  This Evensong is offered as a joint effort of three Diocesan groups:  General Convention Deputation, African Anglican Commission, and Union of Black Episcopalians (Vivian Traylor Chapter).  


The Zoom access information is


Meeting ID: 913 0594 5725

No pre-registration is required.

Click here for the Evensong worship bulletin.



Bishop Barbara Harris at Grace Cathedral at our                              Mary Magdalene Icon by Robert Lentz
Diocesan Convention Eucharist on Oct 28, 2017                             Commissioned by Grace Cathedral in     
                                                                                                       Honor of Bishop Harris’ election.