Bishop Alan M. Gates issued the following message on March 7, 2020, to the diocesan community regarding Bishop Barbara C. Harris.
Cards and notes may be sent to her in care of The Office of the Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.
I write you this evening with an update about our beloved Barbara Harris.
Following several days of stability after surgery last Sunday evening [March 1], Barbara’s condition has continued to weaken, and she is now being kept comfortable by the hospital medical team. She is not receiving any visitors, but all of us hold her in our deepest and fondest prayers.
I will be in touch with you again as soon as there is word to share.
Be present, O merciful God, with your servant Barbara,
and protect her through the coming hours,
so that she who is wearied by the changes and chances of this life
may rest in your eternal changelessness,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 133, adapt.)
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates