Choral Evensong in Celebration of Bishop Barbara Harris


Sunday, March 13th, 2022


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Avenue, Phila. PA 19144

Barbara Harris

"I would like to see the church come to some better understanding of what it means to be an inclusive fellowship, how to more fully exhibit the love of Christ in the world."

This service will honor the life of Bishop Barbara Harris, the first female bishop in The Episcopal Church, who died in 2020. Harris grew up in St. Barnabas' in Germantown, which ultimately merged with St. Luke’s. (You can read an interview conducted with Harris in 2013 by the diocese's History Committee here. )

About Bishop Harris

Civil rights leader and religious figure Bishop Barbara Clementine Harris (born 1930 in Germantown) was the first woman ordained a bishop in The Episcopal Church. Harris had long been active in civil rights issues, participating in freedom rides and marches in the 1960s, including the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr. She also spent a summer registering black voters in Mississippi. Educated at Villanova, in her hometown of Philadelphia, Harris decided to enter the priesthood later in life, and she was ordained in 1980. She became a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 1989 and had been an outspoken advocate both on civil rights issues in society as well as within the Episcopal church. She retired as bishop in 2003 and died in 2020.