One of the duties of an Episcopal Bishop is to visit the churches in the diocese regularly. In addition to participation in services, an official visitation includes formal inspection of various forms documenting the life of the parish.
With churches on five of the Hawaiian islands (Big Island of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Oʻahu), our Bishop The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick visits each island regularly and also attends national and other regional meetings. Additionally, he has oversight of the Episcopal churches in Micronesia (Guam and Saipan). As a result, much of his time is spent traveling.
Bishop Fitzpatrick visits the Cathedral five Sundays a year—at Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns, and for his annual visitation in August. This year we welcomed him on August 4 and 5, at four services (our Saturday evening Vigil Eucharist as well as the three Sunday morning services), preaching and celebrating Communion at each. He was accompanied by his deacon, the Ven. Steve Costa.
Here are a few photos from the services Saturday evening, Sunday 8:00 am, and Sunday 10:30 am.