Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana

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Diocese of Western Louisiana
Diocese of Western Louisiana seal.jpg
Location
Ecclesiastical province Province VII
Statistics
Congregations 48
Members 11,603
Information
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral St. Mark's Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby
Map
Location of the Diocese of Western Louisiana
Location of the Diocese of Western Louisiana
Website
www.diocesewla.org

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America whose territory comprises the western part of the state of Louisiana, including Shreveport.

Organization[edit]

Organized through division of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana in 1979, it had (as of 2006) 48 parishes, 11,603 active baptized members, and an Average Sunday Attendance of 4,015. The diocese and its parishes sponsor nine parochial schools and preschools. The Diocese of Western Louisiana is part of Province VII.

There have been four bishops of Western Louisiana:

  • Willis R. Henton (1979 – 1988)
  • Robert Jefferson Hargrove, Jr. (1989–2001)
  • D. Bruce MacPherson (2002 – 2012)
  • Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D. (July 2012 – present)

The diocesan cathedral is St. Mark's, Shreveport; the diocesan offices are in the former parish hall of Mt. Olivet Chapel in Pineville.

The influence of Anglican realignment[edit]

Although the Diocese of Western Louisiana is opposed to the ordination of gay clergy, it has thus far chosen to stay within the Episcopal Church. This allows the Diocese to stay a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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