Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire

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Location of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA), covers the entire state of New Hampshire. It was originally part of the Diocese of Massachusetts, but became independent in 1841. The see city is Concord. The diocese has no cathedral.[1]

Recent bishops[edit]

On June 7, 2003, the diocese elected Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop consecrated in the Anglican Communion.[2] Robinson retired in 2013 at 65.[3] His successor is the current bishop, A. Robert Hirschfeld, who was elected bishop coadjutor on May 19, 2012, and consecrated bishop in Concord on August 4, 2012.[4] Hirschfeld served with Robinson until Robinson's formal retirement in January 2013.

In 2016, the diocese reported 11,903 members in 49 open parishes and missions.

Bishops of New Hampshire[5][edit]

Episcopal Diocesan House, Concord, NH
I. Alexander Viets Griswold, bishop of the Episcopal Eastern Diocese from 1811 to 1832, when the Diocese of New Hampshire was split off. The Episcopal Church lists him as I New Hampshire;
II. Carlton Chase 1844–1870
III. William Woodruff Niles 1870–1914
IV. Edward Melville Parker 1906–1925
V. John Thomas Dallas 1926–1948
VI. Charles Francis Hall 1948–1973
VII. Philip Alan Smith 1973–1986
VIII. Douglas E. Theuner 1986–2003
IX. V. Gene Robinson 2003–2013
X. A. Robert Hirschfeld 2012–present


  1. ^ The Episcopal Church Annual (2007) Harrisburg: Morehouse Church Resources
  2. ^ Our Bishop - Diocese of NH - The Episcopal Church
  3. ^ Reuters, "First openly gay Episcopal bishop to retire in 2013", 790KGMI, 08 November 2010
  4. ^ "Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor ~ August 4, 2012; The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld". Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Our Bishop - Diocese of NH - The Episcopal Church

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Coordinates: 43°12′N 71°30′W / 43.2°N 71.5°W / 43.2; -71.5