Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia

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Diocese of Southern Virginia
Diocese of Southern Virginia seal.jpg
Location
Ecclesiastical province Province III
Statistics
Members 28,927
Information
Rite Episcopal
Current leadership
Bishop Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IV
Map
Location of the Diocese of Southern Virginia
Location of the Diocese of Southern Virginia
Website
www.diosova.org

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America located in the southeast area of Virginia. It is in Province III[1] (for the Middle Atlantic region). The diocese includes the Hampton Roads area; Richmond south of the James River; most of the region known as Southside Virginia; and Northampton County, the southernmost of the two counties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.[2]

The Diocese of Southern Virginia was created as a split from the Diocese of Virginia in 1892. The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia split off from the Diocese of Southern Virginia in 1919.

The diocese elected The Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IV as bishop on September 27, 2008, who was consecrated as the Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia on February 10, 2009.[3] The diocese does not contain a cathedral church, though its offices are in Norfolk.

Camp Chanco, the diocesan retreat center, is located in Surry.

Historical significance[edit]

When English colonists established Jamestown, Virginia on May 14, 1607,[4] those settlers built one of the first churches in the New World, in what would eventually become the Diocese of Southern Virginia. The Jamestown church also became the meeting place of the first New World legislative assembly on July 30, 1619, but was ultimately burned down (with most of the city) in Bacon's Rebellion.[5] On Sunday June 24, 2007, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of ECUSA led the 400th anniversary celebration of the first Anglican service of Holy Communion in the new World at Jamestown.

After the statehouse burned in 1698, the capital of the Colony of Virginia moved to the City of Williamsburg, which is also now located in the Diocese of Southern Virginia and most famous after restoration as Colonial Williamsburg.[6] Williamsburg's historic church, Bruton Parish, located on Duke of Gloucester Street, remains active today. As the colonial era ended, when the House of Burgesses gathered for sessions in Williamsburg, American patriots George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry, among others, worshipped at Bruton Parish.[7]

The Diocese also includes St. John's Episcopal Church, Elizabeth City Parish, in Hampton, Virginia. Established in 1610, St. John's is the oldest English-speaking Parish in continuous existence in the United States.[8]  The parish occasionally uses Communion silver (a chalice and two patens) crafted in 1618. This communion silver has the longest history of continuous use in the United States of any English church silver. [8]

Bishops[edit]

The Diocese of Southern Virginia has had 10 diocesan bishops:

  1. Alfred M. Randolph (1892–1918)
    Beverley D. Tucker Coadjutor (1906–1918)
  2. Beverly D. Tucker (1918–1930)
    Arthur C. Thompson Suffragan (1917–1919); Coadjutor (1919–1930)
  3. Arthur C. Thompson (1930–1937)
  4. William A. Brown (1938–1950)
    George P. Gunn Coadjutor (1948–1950)
  5. George P. Gunn (1950–1971)
    David S. Rose Suffragan (1958–1964); Coadjutor (1964–1971)
  6. David S. Rose (1971–1978)
    C. Charles Vache Coadjutor (1976–1978)
  7. C. Charles Vache (1978–1991)
    Frank H. Vest Coadjutor (1989–1991)
  8. Frank H. Vest (1991–1998)
    O'Kelley Whitaker Assisting Bishop (1992–1997)
    David C. Bane, Jr. Coadjutor (1997–1998)
  9. David C. Bane, Jr. (1998–2006)
    Donald P. Hart Assisting Bishop (1998–2001)
    Carol Joy W. T. Gallagher Suffragan (2002–2005)
    Robert H. Johnson Assisting Bishop (2006)
    John C. Buchanan Assisting Bishop (2006–2009)
  10. Herman Hollerith IV (2009-)

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