Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

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Diocese of Mississippi
Diocese of Mississippi seal.gif
Ecclesiastical province Province IV
Members 18,952
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral St. Andrew's Cathedral, Jackson
Current leadership
Bishop Duncan Montgomery Gray, III
Location of the Diocese of Mississippi
Location of the Diocese of Mississippi

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, created in 1826,[1] is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over the entire state of Mississippi. It is in Province 4 and its cathedral, St. Andrew's Cathedral, is in Jackson, as are the diocesan offices.[2]

As a Southern diocese, historically Mississippi parishes and missions have leaned toward evangelical, or low church, practice over the course of the diocese's history. However, unlike most of the other major religious traditions in the state, the Episcopal Church in Mississippi has usually tolerated freedom of belief and differing types of ritual practice (e.g., Anglo-Catholicism in Biloxi and a liberal orientation in communities like Oxford and Starkville where colleges have significant presences). As such, the fallout from the ideological and theological conflicts that beset the Episcopal Church between the 1970s and 2000s (such as the Gene Robinson controversy) has not been large in comparison to other Southern dioceses (e.g., Tennessee, Fort Worth, South Carolina).

Current bishop[edit]

The Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray, III, is the ninth and current bishop of Mississippi and holds the post previously held by his father and grandfather before him. He has a master's in divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.[3]

List of bishops[edit]

The bishops of Mississippi have been:[4]

  1. William Mercer Green, (1850–1887)
    Hugh M. Thompson, bishop coadjutor 1883
  2. Hugh M. Thompson, (1887–1902)
  3. Theodore D. Bratton, (1903–1938)
    William Mercer Green (grandson) bishop coadjutor 1919
  4. William Mercer Green (grandson) (1938–1942)
  5. Duncan Montgomery Gray, Sr., (1943–1966)
    John M. Allin, bishop coadjutor 1961
  6. John M. Allin, (1966–1974)
    Duncan Montgomery Gray, Jr., bishop coadjutor 1974
  7. Duncan Montgomery Gray, Jr., (1974–1993)
    A. C. Marble, Jr., bishop coadjutor 1991
  8. A. C. Marble, Jr., (1993–2003)
  9. Duncan Montgomery Gray, III, (2003–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See "About Us", Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website, http://www.dioms.org/digital_faith/dfcfiles/850520
  2. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 264-265
  3. ^ Episcopal Clerical Directory, 2005, revised edition, New York: Church Publishing, p. 343.
  4. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 264

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