One Sunday in September, the Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, assisting bishop in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, visited St James, Westwood, for an episcopal visitation. After the service, she spent time with the kids who were in attendance that day, sharing what it meant to be a bishop and all the things that made her different from St. James’ priest in charge, the Rev. Mary Carson.
The following days after the service, one young parishioner, Harper, told her moms that she wished her “Miss Mary” was a bishop, because she really liked the butterfly skirt Bishop Nedi wore during coffee hour (when she spoke with the children) and she thought Miss Mary would look GREAT in a butterfly skirt, too.
A few weeks later, Harper was asked to go with Mary to her office after the service. To her surprise, Mary emerged in a new butterfly skirt, and in her hands, was a matching one for Harper. Bishop Nedi heard the story of Harper liking her skirt and made Harper and Mary matching ones.
“I still can’t wrap my head around the thoughtfulness and awesomeness of this act of kindness,” said Harper’s mom, Steffanie. “My heart is so full.”
via Facebook, St. James Episcopal Church – Cincinnati.