Presiding Bishop’s statement on the death of Colin Powell

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Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state, waits to begin a Bloomberg Television interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, May 24, 2013. Powell, who served in three Republican administrations, said U.S. President Barack's Obama's National Defense University speech "made it clear that there are still enemies out there" but the U.S. has to be "more careful" with the use of force, "especially with respect to drones." Photographer: Andrew Harrer

My heart is heavy today with the news of the death of Colin Powell, former secretary of state, four-star general, and lifelong Episcopalian. I pray for his family and all his many loved ones, and I give thanks for his model of integrity, faithful service to our nation, and his witness to the impact of a quiet, dignified faith in public life.
 
Powell also dedicated himself to service in his retirement. I recall fondly having breakfast with him a couple years ago. He became energized and passionate about his work with the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, which is part of his alma mater, The City College of New York. 
 
He cared about people deeply. He served his country and humanity nobly. He loved his family and his God unswervingly. As Jesus says in the New Testament, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
 
May he rest in peace and rise in glory. 
 
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church