The presiding episcopal church bishop Michael Curry is recovering in the intensive care unit of the hospital after surgery.
Following a recurring internal bleeding that required him to be hospitalized over the Memorial Day weekend, Bishop Curry underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove his right adrenal gland and an attached mass, which appears to be the source of the internal bleeding.
Curry’s medical team weighed the prospective benefits and risks of the surgery before making the choice to proceed with the procedure.
“Episcopal Church presiding bishop Michael Curry underwent surgery today,” a September 20 press release update from the Church Office of Public Affairs read. In a subsequent September 22 update, however, the office announced that Curry was awake and talking but currently continues to recover in an intensive care unit.
“Following Wednesday’s surgery, Bishop Curry is awake and talking, and he remains in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Your ongoing prayers for Bishop Curry, his family, and his whole medical team are very much appreciated at this time” the release which was also shared on social media read. Curry was expected to remain in intensive care for about 24 hours.
The episcopal bishop spoke briefly with bishops via Zoom the day before his surgery. He thanked them for their prayers and for assisting in framing their discussion during the September 19-22 online House of Bishops meeting.
Speaking about his surgery during the Zoom discussion, the 70-year-old bishop expressed unwavering faith in his recovery.
“I’m going to be fine. Come what may, I’m going to be fine because we have a God and God is real,” Episcopal News Services quoted Curry telling the bishops.
Michael Curry is the first African-American presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. He has been occupying the ecclesiastical position since his consecration in 2015. He is to serve a nine-year term, which will end in 2024 summer.
Following Wednesday’s surgery, Bishop Curry is awake and talking, and he remains in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Your ongoing prayers for Bishop Curry, his family, and his whole medical team are very much appreciated at this time.
— The Episcopal Church (@iamepiscopalian) September 22, 2023