Statement of Interim President and Dean the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro on the election of the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry as Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

Bishop Michael B. Curry

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae of Episcopal Divinity School, I congratulate Bishop Michael B. Curry on his election as presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry’s ministry and leadership have been a beacon to so many both in The Episcopal Church and in the wider world—from his advocacy for compassionate and just immigration policies, to his work in ministry development and economic justice across the country.

Bishop Curry has been a longstanding friend of EDS—a friendship that came to fruition two years ago when he was awarded an honorary degree and thrilled the EDS community with one of the most memorable commencement addresses in our school’s history.

As Bishop Curry prepares to assume the responsibilities of his new office, Episcopal Divinity School stands ready to support him, his ministry, and his new leadership. I ask the EDS community to keep Bishop Curry and his family in your prayers and to join me in celebrating his election.

The Very Rev. Francis Fornaro

Interim President and Dean

Episcopal Divinity School

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is a progressive seminary and theological graduate school for lay and ordained leaders of all denominations. Committed to a mission of social justice and inclusive education and grounded in the Anglican tradition, EDS awards Masters’ degrees in Divinity and Theological Studies, Doctoral degrees in Ministry, and Certificates in Anglican Formation; Justice, Reconciliation, and Mission; and Christian Spiritualities for the Contemporary World.

EDS offers unparalleled flexibility in its programs. Students may complete their course of study as Traditional Learning students, in residence at the school’s historic Cambridge campus, or as Distributive Learning students, taking blended online classes and completing four weeks of intensive campus residency per year.

EDS graduates serve as lay and ordained ministers of the Episcopal Church as well as in other Christian denominations. They are also leaders in a variety of professions and industries, including non-profit executives, mental health professionals, social workers, community organizers, academics, artists, and writers, often in addition to their work as clergy or church leaders.

EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of ten eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion in the Boston area.

A seminary for the Episcopal Church, Episcopal Divinity School is grounded in the Anglican tradition and committed to growing in relationship with other Christian and faith traditions. Episcopal Divinity School is an academic community of biblical, historical, and theological inquiry that respects students as responsible learners with valuable experience, supports spiritual and ministerial formation, and provides tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation.