Episcopal Diocese of Dallas
|Diocese of Dallas|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province VII|
|Cathedral||Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew|
|Bishop||The Very Rev. George R. Sumner|
Location of the Diocese of Dallas
The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas is a diocese of the Episcopal Church USA which was formed on December 20, 1895, when the Missionary District of Northern Texas was granted diocesan status at the denomination's General Convention the preceding October. The Rt Rev Alexander Charles Garrett, who had served as the first bishop of the Missionary District of Northern Texas, remained as bishop of the new diocese. The diocese began with thirteen parishes.
The Missionary District of Northern Texas was formed when a portion of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas was divided on February 2, 1875. Bishop Garrett named the oldest church in the district, which was Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, as his cathedral church and Dallas as his see. Saint Matthew's has remained the cathedral church of the bishop since that time. Bishop Garrett served until his death in 1924.
There are more than seventy parishes and schools in the diocese. The diocese is involved in many national and international missionary outreach programs. The principal offices of the diocese are at the Diocesan House, which is, along with the cathedral church, located on the former site of Saint Mary's Episcopal College for Women. The diocese divided in 1983, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth was formed from the division.
The influence of the Anglican realignment
The Dioceses of Dallas along with the Diocese of Western Louisiana are opposed to the ordination of gay clergy but have chosen to stay within the Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Dallas approved, at its 2006 Diocesan Convention, an amendment to the Diocesan constitution that it would break with the Episcopal Church only if that body were no longer part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. A vast majority of the Diocese of Fort Worth, on the other hand, voted to break away from the Episcopal Church in 2008. Additionally, several conservative parishes, including Christ Church, Plano, purchased their properties from the Diocese of Dallas and are now aligned with Anglican bodies other than the Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton announced in May 2013 that he would retire as the VI Bishop of Dallas, effective 31 May 2014. Following Bp. Stanton's retirement, the Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert, elected on 29 March 2008 as bishop suffragan, served as bishop pro-tempore.
On Saturday, 16 May 2015, the Diocese held a "Special Convention for the Election of the VII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas". At this convention, the Rev. Canon George R. Sumner, currently principal of Wycliffe College, Toronto was duly elected to be VII Episcopal Bishop of Dallas. Bishop-elect Sumner was elected with 77 clergy votes out of 138 cast; and 107 lay votes out of 193. The election of Bishop-elect Sumner must now be approved by the majority of bishops and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. Assuming approval from the rest of the Church, Bishop-elect Sumner will be officially consecrated in November 2015.
Dallas was an affiliated member of the American Anglican Council, which reunites orthodox Anglicans in North America, but is no longer listed in their website.
List of bishops
Missionary and diocesan bishops
|Missionary Bishops of Northern Texas|
|1874||1895||Alexander Charles Garrett||(1832, Ireland - February 18, 1924, Dallas TX); Became diocesan Bishop of Dallas.|
|Bishops of Dallas|
|1895||1924||Alexander Charles Garrett||(1832, Ireland - February 18, 1924, Dallas TX); became Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in 1923; died while holding both offices.|
|1924||1945||Harry T. Moore||Harry Tunis Moore (October 4, 1874, Delavan, WI – October 6, 1955); previously coadjutor since 1917.|
|1945||1970||C. Avery Mason||Charles Avery Mason (died early 1970); died in office.|
|1970||1983||A. Donald Davies||Translated to Fort Worth.|
|1983||1992||Donis D. Patterson||Donis Dean Patterson (April 27, 1930, Holmesville, OH – February 3, 2006, Orlando, FL)|
|1993||2014||James Stanton||James Monte Stanton (born October 29, 1946, Atchison, KS)|
|2015||George R. Sumner||bishop-elect as of 16 May 2015|
Suffragan and assistant bishops
|Suffragan and assistant bishops|
|1950||1954||Gerald F. Burrill, suffragan bishop||Gerald Francis Burrill (June 8, 1906, Bangor, ME – July 17, 2001, Sarasota, FL); became Bishop of Chicago.|
|1954||1962||Joseph M. Harte, suffragan bishop||John Joseph Meakin Harte (July 28, 1914, Springfield, OH – December 19, 1999, Phoenix, AZ); became Bishop of Arizona.|
|1962||1975||Theodore H. McCrea, suffragan bishop||Theodore Harper McCrea (Mar. 27, 1908 - Sep. 22, 1986)|
|1966||1973||William Paul Barnds, suffragan bishop||(August 5, 1904, Sweet Springs, MO – January 23, 1973, Fort Worth, TX); died in office.|
|1976||1986||Robert E. Terwilliger, suffragan bishop||Robert Elwin Terwilliger (Aug 28 1917 - June 3, 1991, Hurst, TX, aged 73)|
|1999||2002||D. Bruce MacPherson, suffragan bishop||David Bruce MacPherson (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada); became Bishop of Western Louisiana.|
|2004||2007||Stephen H. Jecko, assistant bishop||Retired Bishop of Florida.|
|2008||present||Paul E. Lambert, suffragan bishop||Paul Emil Lambert (born May 19, 1950, Reno, NV)|
- "Dallas elects Paul Lambert as bishop suffragan" Episcopal News Service, March 29, 2008
- Wiles, C. Preston (2005). "History of the diocese". The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Archived from the original on 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
- Dallas, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Official website
- The Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew, Dallas, Texas
- Journal of the Annual Convention, Diocese of Dallas
- Province VII