Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, was recovering in a Virginia hospital Monday after suffering from bleeding on his brain, church officials said.
Surgery, which originally was scheduled for Monday, is now expected Tuesday, according to an update from The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
Curry had preached at Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg on Sunday and had trouble finding words afterward. Doctors diagnosed a subdural hematoma, a small collection of blood between his brain and skull, and transferred him to a hospital in Richmond.
“He assured me that he is in good spirits and confident in the care he is receiving,” said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, in a news release. “He is expected to make a full recovery in a week or so.”
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Curry was installed as bishop in November, the first African American to hold that position within the denomination. He began his career as a rector in Winston-Salem and served as bishop of North Carolina for 15 years.
Curry and his nurse made a video from his hospital bed, offering reassurance to friends and followers.