Celebrating Bishop Holly, first African-American Bishop in The Episcopal Church
Sunday, November 10 at 4 pm
St. Philip's Episcopal Church
265 Decatur Street, Brooklyn
Join members of St. John's and the wider Episcopal Diocese of Long Island to celebrate the life and witness of Bishop James Theodore Holly, the first African-American Bishop in The Episcopal Church and the first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti.
Bishop Holly led a remarkable life. He was born a free man in 1829 and went on to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 1856. In that same year, he co-founded the Protestant Episcopal Society for Promoting the Extension of the Church Among Colored People, which challenged the Episcopal Church to take a stand against slavery at General Convention.
Bishop Holly has a particular connection to our province as he dedicated himself to mission in Haiti where he established churches, schools, pastoral training and rural medicine programs. In 1874, he was consecrated missionary bishop to Haiti at nearby Grace Church, Manhattan.
These are just a couple of examples from Bishop Holly's life of courageous and faithful ministry. As we strive to build community with our partner parish in Deslandes, Haiti and promote reconciliation within our church and our community we invite you to join on Nov. 10 to reflect on Bishop Holly's legacy and what it means for us today.