Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire
|Diocese of Eau Claire|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province V|
|Cathedral||Christ Church Cathedral,
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
|Bishop||William Jay Lambert III|
Location of the Diocese of Eau Claire
The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America encompassing the northwestern third of Wisconsin. It is part of Province 5 (the upper Midwest). The faith community comprises 20 interdependent congregations, mostly small and rural. The see and diocesan offices are in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with Christ Church Cathedral as the mother church. Christ Church of La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin is one of the diocese's historical churches.
The roots of the Diocese of Eau Claire begin in 1822 when the Oneida Indians, removing from New York state, settled near Green Bay. The First Annual Council of the Diocese of Wisconsin met in Milwaukee in 1847. In 1874, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church erected the Diocese of Fond du Lac from the Fond du Lac Deanery of the Diocese of Wisconsin. The remaining counties continued as the Diocese of Wisconsin until 1888, when it was renamed the Diocese of Milwaukee. Growth, time, and distance led to the erection of a third Wisconsin diocese. The Diocese of Eau Claire was created from counties of both the Diocese of Milwaukee and Diocese of Fond du Lac in 1928.
On October 22, 2011, the Diocese of Fond du Lac and the Diocese of Eau Claire voted to "junction" into one diocese. However, Russell Jacobus, Bishop of Fond du Lac withheld consent because of the closeness and irregularities of the vote.
On May 1, 2012 the Diocesan Bishop Search Committee announced it was accepting applications for the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire.
On March 16, 2013 Katharine Jefferts Schori presided over the consecration of William Jay Lambert III at Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire, Wisconsin as the Sixth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire.
Bishops who served the Diocese of Wisconsin:
Bishops who served the Diocese of Milwaukee, prior to creation of the Diocese of Eau Claire:
Bishops who served the Diocese of Eau Claire:
- Frank Elmer Wilson, First Bishop of Eau Claire, 1929-1944
- William Wallace Horstick, Second Bishop of Eau Claire, June 29, 1944 - Resigned Dec 31, 1969
- Stanley Hamilton Atkins, Third Bishop of Eau Claire, 1970-1980
- William C. Wantland, Fourth Bishop of Eau Claire, 1980-1999
- Keith B. Whitmore, Fifth Bishop of Eau Claire, 1999-2008
* Edwin M. Leidel, Jr., Bishop Provisional of Eau Claire, 2010-2013
- William Jay Lambert III, Sixth Bishop (elected November 10, 2012, consecrated March 16, 2013)