Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

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Diocese of Long Island
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Territory Brooklyn, Nassau County, Queens, Suffolk County
Ecclesiastical province Province II
Denomination Episcopal Church
Cathedral Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City
Current leadership
Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano
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Church of the Holy spirit, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over the counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk, which comprise Long Island, New York. It is in Province 2 and its cathedral, the Cathedral of the Incarnation, is located in Garden City, as are its diocesan offices.[1]

Current bishop[edit]

On the Feast of Theodore of Tarsus, September 19, 2009, Lawrence C. Provenzano was ordained and consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. He officially took office as Bishop of Long Island at the Diocesan Convention November 14, 2009, and was seated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on November 22, 2009.

List of bishops[edit]

The bishops of Long Island have been:[2]

1. Abram Newkirk Littlejohn, (1868–1901),
2. Frederick Burgess, (1901–1925)
3. Ernest M. Stires, (1925–1942)

4. James P. DeWolfe, (1942–1966)

5. Jonathan G. Sherman, (1966–1977)

6. Robert C. Witcher, (1977–1991)

7. Orris G. Walker, Jr., (1991–2009 )

8. Lawrence C. Provenzano, bishop (2009–present)

Diocesan Search for Bishop Coadjutor[edit]

Lawrence C. Provenzano, bishop coadjutor-elect was elected on March 21, 2009. Provenzano was consecrated on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the Tilles Center, Brookville, N.Y., by Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, and Mark Beckwith, George Councell, David Joslin, and Gordon Scruton. At least 12 other bishops were also present. At his consecration, Provenzano was presented with a pectoral cross by the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains, of which he was a longtime member. That cross contains a piece of steel taken from the ruins of the World Trade Center. The Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society, representing the indigenous tribal nations of Long Island, presented Provenzano with traditional gifts: an animal hide, corn, beans and squash, wampum shells, and a rattle.

History of the Diocese[edit]

The Diocese has benefited from large endowments, for example, $10,000 given in 1908 by Roslyn, New York resident John Ordronaux.[4]

In 2003 the diocese had a membership of 57,000. By 2013 it had fallen to 47,072.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 225-230
  2. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p.340
  3. ^ http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs184/1104248387325/archive/1117062149390.html
  4. ^ "MANY BEQUESTS TO CHARITY.; Will of Dr. Ordronaux D... - The New York Times" (PDF). nytimes.com. March 29, 1908. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  5. ^ Epsicoapl Church membership report

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