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The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is a community of 48,874 Episcopalians in 147 congregations, 40 schools, and 18 major institutions, spanning all of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, and part of Riverside County.

Diocese of Los Angeles
Diocese of Los Angeles seal.jpg
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VIII
Members48,874 (2018)
CathedralSt Paul's Cathedral
Co-cathedralSt John's Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopJohn H. Taylor
SuffragansDiane Jardine Bruce
Location of the Diocese of Los Angeles
Location of the Diocese of Los Angeles

One of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church's 110 dioceses spanning 16 nations, the Diocese of Los Angeles was established in 1895 by vote of the General Convention of the national church. The diocese's first convention was held in 1896.[1]

The diocese is led by its bishop, the Rt. Rev. John H. Taylor (bishop); its administrative and ministry hub is the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, located in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles. St. John's Cathedral is the procathedral of the diocese and the center for major diocesan liturgical functions.

The common ministry of the diocese is guided by its convention, the annual meeting of which is traditionally scheduled the first Friday and Saturday of December each year. Between annual meetings, the work of convention is overseen by the diocesan council, which meets usually the first or second Thursday of each month at the Cathedral Center.

Bishops of Los AngelesEdit

Diocesan bishopsEdit

  1. Joseph Horsfall Johnson (1895–1928)[2]
  2. W. Bertrand Stevens (1928–1947, Coadjutor 1920–1928)[1]
  3. Francis Eric Bloy (1948–1973)[3]
  4. Robert Claflin Rusack (1974–1986, Coadjutor 1972–1974)[4]
  5. Frederick Houk Borsch (1988–2002)[5]
  6. J. Jon Bruno (2002–2017, Coadjutor 2000–2002)[6]
  7. John Taylor (2017–present, Coadjutor 2016–2017)

Suffragan bishopsEdit

Notable parishesEdit


Schools include St. James' Episcopal School, an elementary school which opened in 1968. It has 344 students on roll of varying economic, ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. Josh Groban is a notable former student.


  1. ^ a b c d Diocesan History Project. "Horizons & Heritage: Marking New Milestones". Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "To Confirm Bishop Williams: The Diocese of Western Michigan Votes Unanimously in His Favor" (PDF). The New York Times. January 18, 1896. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Francis Eric Bloy, 88, An Episcopal Bishop". New York Times, Late Edition. June 3, 1993. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Associated Press (July 18, 1986). "Bishop Robert Rusack Dies; Los Angeles Episcopal Chief". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Stammer, Larry (June 13, 1998). "L.A. Episcopal Bishop's 10th Year to be Marked by 5 Days of Festivities". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Stammer, Larry B. (May 10, 2001). "Episcopal Bishop Will Hand Reins to Successor on Jan. 31; The Author and Scholar Will Turn Day-to-Day Duties Over to the Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno in November". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "Ivol Curtis; Retired Episcopal Bishop Held No. 2 Post in L.A. in Late '50s, '60s". Los Angeles Times. March 6, 1994.
  8. ^ McDonnell, Patrick J. (August 4, 1996). "Oliver Garver, Retired Church Official, Dies; Religion: Former Assistant Bishop of L.A.'s Episcopal Diocese was Known for His Social Activism". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Curry, Jack (June 11, 1990). "Los Angeles Names Rector From Harlem As Assistant Bishop". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Helfand, Duke; Larry B. Stammer (December 5, 2009). "L.A. Episcopalians Elect First Woman Bishop; Choice of Diane Bruce is a First in Diocese's 114-Year History". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Stammer, Larry B.; Paul Pringle (December 6, 2009). "L.A. diocese elects first lesbian Episcopal bishop". Los Angeles Times.

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