The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, begins her visit of the Diocese of East Carolina Friday.
The first stop on Bishop Jefferts Schori's trip is Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, where she will meet with clergy, officiate at a service and discuss the ongoing ministry of The Episcopal Church with parishioners.
Saturday she will visit with 25 children at Trinity Center at Pine Knoll Shores during the Sound to Sea program, where she will call on her own background, which includes a Ph.D. in oceanography, to discuss the environment.
She wraps up Saturday with a stop at St. Anne's Church in Jacksonville. After conducting an afternoon service she will have dinner with members of the military and their families.
On Palm Sunday, April 17, she will celebrate Eucharist and preach for the Palm Sunday Service at La Inglesia de la Sagrada Familia in Newton Grove.
Bishop Jefferts Schori was elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in June 2006. She serves as Chief Pastor and Primate to The Episcopal Church's members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses.
The Diocese of East Carolina stretches, roughly, from I-95 east to the ocean and north from the South Carolina border to Virginia. It includes 75 churches with nearly 20,000 parishioners.