Ecclesiastical provinces and dioceses of the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church (TEC) is governed by a General Convention and consists of 100 dioceses in the United States proper, plus eleven dioceses in other countries or outlying U.S. territories and the diocese of Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, for a total of 111 dioceses.

Each is led by a bishop. A diocese includes all the parishes and missions within its borders, which usually correspond to a state or a portion of a state. Some dioceses includes portions of more than one state. For example, the Diocese of Washington includes the District of Columbia and part of Maryland.

OverviewEdit

 
Map of dioceses of the Episcopal Church, colored by province

The naming convention for the domestic dioceses, for the most part, is after the state in which they are located or a portion of that state (for example, Northern Michigan or West Texas).

Usually (though not always), in a state where there is more than one diocese, the area where the Episcopal Church (or Church of England before the American Revolution) started in that state is the diocese that bears the name of that state. For example, the Church of England's first outpost in what is now Georgia was in Savannah, hence the Diocese of Georgia is based in Savannah.

There are, however, many dioceses named for their see city or another city in the diocese. A few are named for a river, island, valley or other geographical feature. The list below includes the see city in parentheses if different from the name of the diocese or unclear from its name.

The see city usually has a cathedral, often the oldest parish in that city, but some dioceses do not have a cathedral. The dioceses of Iowa and Minnesota each have two cathedrals. Occasionally the diocesan offices and the cathedral are in separate cities.

ProvincesEdit

The dioceses are grouped into nine provinces, the first eight of which, for the most part, correspond to regions of the U.S. Province IX is composed of dioceses in Latin America. Province II and Province VIII also include dioceses outside of the U.S.

Unlike in many churches of the Anglican Communion, in which provinces are helmed by a primate or presiding bishop from the clergy, provinces of TEC are led by lay executive directors or presidents. Decisions are made at each province's Synod of the Province, consisting of a House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Lay and clergy Deputies are elected, two from each diocese.

Provinces of TEC are not to be confused with provinces of the Anglican Communion, as TEC itself is one such province of the Communion.

List of provinces and their diocesesEdit

Province Name Diocese See city Founded Parishes and missions (2015)[1] Active baptized
members (2015)[2]
Diocese Map
Province I Province of New England Diocese of Connecticut Hartford 1785 166 51,068  
Diocese of Maine Portland, ME 1820 61 11,697  
Diocese of Massachusetts Boston 1784 163 58,724  
Diocese of New Hampshire Concord 1832 49 12,662  
Diocese of Rhode Island Providence 1790 52 17,618  
Diocese of Vermont Burlington 1832 46 6,547  
Diocese of Western Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts 1901 58 15,618  
Province II The International Atlantic Province

or

Province of New York and New Jersey

Diocese of Albany Albany 1868 113 14,765  
Diocese of Central New York Syracuse 1868 81 12,598  
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe (Paris) 1859 16 2,788  
Diocese of Cuba Havana 1901 46 10,000  
Diocese of Haiti Port-au-Prince 1861 111 84,562  
Diocese of Long Island Garden City 1868 132 43,440  
Diocese of New Jersey Trenton 1785 145 41,662  
Diocese of New York New York City 1787 198 53,353  
Diocese of Newark Newark 1874 102 25,478  
Diocese of Rochester Rochester 1931 46 7,662  
Diocese of the Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie 1985 14 3,888  
Diocese of Western New York Buffalo 1839 58 9,497  
Province III Province of Washington Diocese of Bethlehem (Bethlehem) 1871 59 10,606  
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Harrisburg 1904 65 12,309  
Diocese of Delaware (Wilmington, DE) 1785 33 9,336  
Diocese of Easton (Easton, MD 1888 38 8,004  
Diocese of Maryland Baltimore 1780 105 37,151  
Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Erie 1910 31 3,407  
Diocese of Pennsylvania Philadelphia 1784 133 42,493  
Diocese of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 1865 36 8,681  
Diocese of Southern Virginia Norfolk 1892 105 26,560  
Diocese of Southwestern Virginia Roanoke 1919 56 10,521  
Virginia Richmond (offices)
Orkney Springs (cathedral shrine)
1785 182 74,902  
Diocese of Washington Washington, D.C. 1895 88 40,352  
Diocese of West Virginia Charleston, WV 1877 63 8,117  
Province IV Province of Sewanee Diocese of Alabama Birmingham 1844 88 31,502  
Diocese of Atlanta Atlanta 1907 94 50,130  
Diocese of Central Florida Orlando 1969 86 28,576  
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast (Pensacola, Florida (Offices)
Mobile, Alabama (Cathedral)
1970 62 18,351  
Diocese of East Carolina Kinston 1863 67 17,385  
Diocese of East Tennessee Knoxville 1985 47 15,069  
Diocese of Florida Jacksonville 1838 61 25,289  
Diocese of Georgia Savannah 1823 67 15,892  
Diocese of Kentucky Louisville 1832 36 8,285  
Diocese of Lexington Lexington, KY 1896 34 6,923  
Diocese of Louisiana New Orleans 1838 47 17,437  
Diocese of Mississippi Jackson, MS 1850 83 18,406  
Diocese of North Carolina Raleigh 1823 110 49,767  
Diocese of South Carolina Charleston, SC 1785 30 6,706  
Diocese of Southeast Florida Miami 1969 76 32,883  
Diocese of Southwest Florida Sarasota (Offices)
St. Petersburg (cathedral)
1969 77 30,331  
Diocese of Tennessee (Nashville) 1834 45 16,275  
Diocese of Upper South Carolina Columbia 1922 59 23,858  
Diocese of West Tennessee Memphis 1985 31 8,260  
Diocese of Western North Carolina Asheville 1922 62 15,077  
Province V Province of the Midwest Diocese of Chicago Chicago 1823 123 35,496  
Diocese of Eastern Michigan Saginaw 1994 47 5,888  
Diocese of Eau Claire Eau Claire 1929 20 1,880  
Diocese of Fond du Lac Fond du Lac 1875 34 5,289  
Diocese of Indianapolis Indianapolis 1849 48 9,341  
Diocese of Michigan Detroit 1832 76 17,539  
Diocese of Milwaukee Milwaukee 1835 52 9,025  
Diocese of Missouri St. Louis 1841 42 10,624  
Diocese of Northern Indiana South Bend 1888 36 4,258  
Diocese of Northern Michigan Marquette 1895 21 1,393  
Diocese of Ohio Cleveland 1818 86 19,383  
Diocese of Southern Ohio Cincinnati 1875 74 19,694  
Diocese of Springfield Springfield, IL 1877 33 4,138  
Diocese of Western Michigan Portage
Kalamazoo (Offices)
56 9,675  
Province VI Province of the Northwest Diocese of Colorado Denver 1875 100 25,540  
Diocese of Iowa Des Moines (Offices, one cathedral)
Davenport (Cathedral)
1854 61 7,717  
Episcopal Church in Minnesota Minneapolis (Offices, One Cathedral)
Faribault (Cathedral)
1859 101 19,871  
Diocese of Montana Helena 1904 35 4,496  
Diocese of Nebraska Omaha 1865 53 7,241  
Diocese of North Dakota Fargo 1883 19 2,563  
Diocese of South Dakota Sioux Falls 1971 78 8,974  
Diocese of Wyoming Casper (Offices)
Laramie(Cathedral)
1909 46 6,944  
Province VII Province of the Southwest Diocese of Arkansas Little Rock 1869 56 13,891  
Diocese of Dallas Dallas 1895 65 32,062  
Diocese of Fort Worth Fort Worth 1983 15 4,674  
Diocese of Kansas Topeka 1864 44 10,743  
Diocese of Northwest Texas Lubbock 1958 32 6,541  
Diocese of Oklahoma Oklahoma City 1937 69 16,737  
Diocese of the Rio Grande Albuquerque 1881 59 10,803  
Diocese of Texas Houston 1849 151 75,421  
Diocese of West Missouri Kansas City, MO 1890 48 9,950  
Diocese of West Texas San Antonio 1874 88 23,141  
Diocese of Western Kansas Salina 1971 29 1,397  
Diocese of Western Louisiana Pineville (Offices)
Shreveport (Cathedral)
1979 44 8,754  
Province VIII Province of the Pacific Diocese of Alaska Fairbanks 1971 49 6,927  
Diocese of Arizona Phoenix 1959 58 21,375  
Diocese of California San Francisco 1857 79 24,740  
Diocese of Eastern Oregon The Dalles 1970 22 2,026  
Diocese of El Camino Real Salinas (Offices)
San Jose(Cathedral)
1980 43 11,483  
Diocese of Hawaii Honolulu 1966 34 6,590  
Diocese of Idaho Boise 1867 30 4,747  
Diocese of Los Angeles Los Angeles
(Diocesan seat in Echo Park neighborhood; procathedral in downtown LA)
1895 132 51,307  
Diocese of Micronesia[3] 2 249  
Diocese of Navajoland Farmington 1978 11 664  
Diocese of Nevada Las Vegas 1903 30 5,595  
Diocese of Northern California Sacramento 1910 67 13,406  
Diocese of Olympia Seattle 1910 92 25,358  
Diocese of Oregon Portland, OR 1854 71 15,595  
Diocese of San Diego San Diego 1973 46 14,541  
Diocese of San Joaquin Fresno 1961 19 1,984  
Diocese of Spokane Spokane 1892 37 5,323  
Diocese of Taiwan Taipei 1954 15 1,129  
Diocese of Utah Salt Lake City 23 5,361  
Province IX Province of Latin America Diocese of Colombia Bogotá 1964 29 3,019  
Diocese of the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 1960 60 5,530  
Diocese of Central Ecuador Quito 1970 20 1,502  
Diocese of Litoral Ecuador Guayaquil 1988 26 9,546  
Diocese of Honduras San Pedro Sula 1978 118 19,455  
Diocese of Puerto Rico San Juan 1920 50 5,099  
Diocese of Venezuela Caracas 1972 25 1,080  

Former provinces and diocesesEdit

Military dioceseEdit

Dioceses no longer in existenceEdit

Formerly missionary districtsEdit

The following were founded as missionary districts of the Episcopal Church but are now full, independent Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/table_of_statistics_english_2015.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/baptized_members_by_province_and_diocese_2005-2015.pdf
  3. ^ "Episcopal Church in Micronesia homepage". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  4. ^ The Episcopal Church Annual, 2004, Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, p. 246
  5. ^ "Chicago, Quincy Dioceses To Reunite on September 1". Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Retrieved 23 November 2013.

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