Edward S. Little II

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The Rt Rev.
Edward S. Little II
VII Bishop of Northern Indiana
ChurchEpiscopal Church in the United States of America
SeeEpiscopal Diocese of Northern Indiana
In office2000- to 2016
PredecessorFrancis Campbell Gray
VI Bishop of Northern Indiana
Personal details
Born(1947-01-29)January 29, 1947
New York, New York County, New York

Edward S. Little II was elected seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana on November 5, 1999, and consecrated on March 18, 2000, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. He was seated in the Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, on April 30, 2000. He has announced his retirement on June 30, 2016.


Bishop Edward S. Little II was born in New York City on January 29, 1947, and attended schools in Manhattan and in Norwalk, Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California in 1968, his Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1971, and was ordained deacon and priest that year in the Diocese of Chicago. Following his consecration, Bishop Little was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Seabury-Western.[1]

Bishop Little served two parishes as an assistant—St. Matthew’s, Evanston, Illinois, and St. Michael’s, Anaheim, California—and then moved in 1975 to St. Joseph’s Church, Buena Park, California, to become its vicar and later its first rector. In 1986, Bishop Little was called to All Saints Church, Bakersfield, California, where he served as rector until his election to the episcopate. He has authored two books; Ears to Hear and Joy in Disguise.

He is currently a member of Communion Partners, an Episcopalian group which opposed the 77th General Episcopal Convention's decision to authorize the blessing of same-sex marriages in 2012.[2] The measure to allow the blessing of same-sex unions won by a 111-41 vote with 3 abstentions.

Family Life[edit]

Bishop Little married the former Sylvia Gardner on March 22, 1968 in Palm Desert, California. They met at the University of Southern California in 1964.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-29. Retrieved 2015-06-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


  • Episcopal Clerical Directory, 2005, revised edition, New York: Church Publishing, p. 547.
  • Little, Edward S. (2003). Ears to Hear. ISBN 9780819219398
  • Little, Edward S. (2009). Joy In Disguise . ISBN 9780819223289
Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
Francis Campbell Gray
Seventh Bishop of Northern Indiana
2000 – to present
Succeeded by
Douglas Sparks