Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

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Diocese of Pennsylvania
Diocese of Pennsylvania seal.jpg
Ecclesiastical province Province III
Congregations 142
Members 46,006
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Rt. Rev. Clifton D. Daniel, 3d
Location of the Diocese of Pennsylvania
Location of the Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America encompassing the counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware in the state of Pennsylvania.

The diocese has 46,000 members[1] in 142 congregations.[2] In January 2013, the Right Reverend Clifton Daniel was elected bishop provisional for a two year term.[3]


The diocese is one of the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, "erected" in 1784, five years before the organization of "The Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A." itself.

The first bishop of Pennsylvania, William White, also served as the first and fourth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

In 1865, the diocese was divided into two parts, and the western part became known as the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.[4]

A historic parish, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (now in the Overbrook neighborhood), was founded by Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church and commemorated on the church's calendar of saints


Since 1998, the bishop's cathedra (seat) has been at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, located at 3723 Chestnut Street in the University City section of the see city of Philadelphia, next to both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The cathedral also serves jointly as the seat (and offices) of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formed 1988 from a merger). Since 2000, the denominations and Protestant traditions have been in full communion with one another, under the agreement known as "Called to Common Mission." During the later part of the 19th Century the seat of the diocesan bishop was to have been at St. Mark's Church, Frankford where the church was constructed with a stone cathedra rewarding the church's active diocesan ministry and their funding the suffragan bishop. During the during early 20th Century as the more wealthy population of the diocese was shifting north toward the "Main Line", a project was undertaken to build St. Mary's Cathedral, on Ridge Avenue in the Roxborough section of the city, but construction on the St. Mary's project was halted decades ago for financial reasons.

Bishops of Pennsylvania[edit]

These are the bishops who have served the Diocese of Pennsylvania:[5]

  1. William White (1787–1836)
    * Henry U. Onderdonk, Coadjutor Bishop (1827–1836)
  2. Henry U. Onderdonk (1836–1844)
  3. Alonzo Potter (1845–1865)
    * Samuel Bowman, Suffragan Bishop (1858–1861)
    * William B. Stevens, Coadjutor Bishop (1862–1865)
  4. William B. Stevens (1865–1887)
    * Ozi W. Whitaker, Coadjutor Bishop (1886–1887)
  5. Ozi W. Whitaker (1887–1911)
    * Alexander Mackay-Smith, Coadjutor Bishop (1902–1911)
  6. Alexander Mackay-Smith (1911)
    * Philip M. Rhinelander, Coadjutor Bishop (1911)
  7. Philip M. Rhinelander (1911–1923)
    * Thomas J. Garland, Suffragan Bishop (elected 1911)
  8. Thomas J. Garland (1924–1931)
    * Francis Marion Taitt, Coadjutor Bishop (1929–1931)
  9. Francis Marion Taitt (1931–1943)
    * Oliver J. Hart, Coadjutor Bishop (1942–1943)
  10. Oliver J. Hart (1943–1963)
    * William P. Remington, Suffragan Bishop (1945–1961)
    * J. Gillespie Armstrong, Suffragan Bishop (1949, Coadjutor Bishop (1960–1963)
  11. J. Gillespie Armstrong (1963–1964)
    * Robert L. DeWitt, Coadjutor Bishop (1964)
  12. Robert L. DeWitt (1964–1973)
    * Lyman C. Ogilby, Coadjutor Bishop (1973)
  13. Lyman C. Ogilby (1974–1987)
    * Allen L. Bartlett, Jr., Coadjutor Bishop (1986)
  14. Allen L. Bartlett, Jr. (1987–1998)
    * Franklin D. Turner, Suffragan Bishop (elected 1988)
  15. Charles Ellsworth Bennison, Jr. (1998–2012)
    * Clarence N. Coleridge (Assisting)
  16. Clifton D. Daniel, 3d, Provisional Bishop (2013-present)


  1. ^ The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania (2012). Journal of the 229th Convention. p. 199. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania convention affirms Clifton Daniel as bishop provisional". Episcopal News Service. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.pitanglican.org/archives/historyofdiocese
  5. ^ The Episcopal Church Annual. Morehouse Publishing: New York, NY (2005)

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Coordinates: 39°56′46″N 75°08′54″W / 39.94599°N 75.14830°W / 39.94599; -75.14830