Diocese of the Holy Cross
The Diocese of the Holy Cross (DHC) is a continuing Anglican church body in the United States. Unlike most dioceses it is not geographically defined but is a national jurisdiction.
The DHC was formed by clergy and parishes belonging to the Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK) following a disagreement with the APCK over the election of a divorced and remarried priest to be a bishop in the church. The diocese has steadily grown since its founding and now has 22 parishes and missions in 12 states. In addition, a DHC priest serves a mission of the Anglican Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and another serves in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (Southern Cone).
Relations with other continuing Anglican jurisdictions
The current bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Cross is the Right Reverend Paul Hewett SSC, rector of the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Columbia, South Carolina. The assisting bishop is the Right Reverend Timothy Farmer, former rector of St. Francis' Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Until his death in 2009, Bishop Patrick Murphy SSC served as retired bishop in residence and rector of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Houston, Texas.
The diocese's founding bishop, the Right Reverend Robert Waggener, unsuccessfully sought to lead the diocese into the Eastern Orthodox Church. Meeting with little support, Bishop Waggener left Anglicanism to become a Western-Rite Orthodox priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
The pro-cathedral of the Diocese of the Holy Cross is the Church of the Epiphany, located in Columbia, South Carolina.