So what is a Diocese?
Each Episcopal parish is connected to a Diocese – which is a geographical area that has a Bishop as its chief pastor. Just as a parish has more resources to do mission work than an individual, so does a Diocese have more resources than an individual parish. The Diocese of Easton covers the Maryland portion of the DelMarVa peninsula. The Diocese is comprised of about 8,240 active members and 65 clergy in 38 worshiping communities. The Rt. Rev. James J. Shand retired as the Tenth Bishop of Easton on July 1, 2014. The Rt. Rev. Henry Nutt Parsley, Jr. was elected Bishop Provisional at a special convention on July 16, 2014, to serve a two year term. The Rt. Rev Santosh K. Marray was elected XI Bishop Of Easton at a special convention on June 11, 2016 and was invested on October 15, 2016. To learn more about the Diocese of Easton, you can follow the link on our links page
Dioceses are grouped together into Provinces. The Diocese of Easton is in Province Three. The Episcopal Church is made up of nine provinces, and not all of them are in the United States. The Episcopal Church is led and served by our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry.
The governing body of the Episcopal Church is divided into two houses: The House of Bishops, and The House of Deputies. These houses meet every three years in Convention and it is there that policy for the church is set. You can learn more about the Episcopal Church and how it functions by following the link on our links page.
Finally, the Episcopal Church is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion. The leader of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Justin Welby
You can read more about him and about the Anglican Communion by following the link on our links page.
These connections acknowledge the reality that while our parish is local, we are connected to God’s Church around the world.