“She is comfortable and receiving excellent care there and has friends in regular rotation at her side,” Massachusetts Bishop Alan Gates said March 11 in an online update of Harris’ condition. “I thank you for your prayers which continue to uphold her, her loved ones and her caregivers.”
Harris, 89, was hospitalized Feb. 29 with serious gastrointestinal symptoms, and she underwent a “corrective surgical procedure” on March 1, according to the diocese.
Harris, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was consecrated bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts in 1989 and served in that role until retiring in 2002. While remaining active in the church, she regularly has been the focus of tributes, including the dedication in November 2019 of the Bishop Barbara C. Harris Justice Project of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in the Diocese of Atlanta, Georgia.