Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

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Diocese of Pennsylvania
Diocese of PA logo.jpg
Ecclesiastical province Province III
Congregations 142
Members 44,384
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Daniel G. P. Gutierrez
Location of the Diocese of Pennsylvania
Location of the Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America encompassing the counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware in the state of Pennsylvania.

The diocese had 44,384 members in 2013[1] in 142 congregations.[2] In January 2013, the Right Reverend Clifton Daniel was elected bishop provisional for a two-year term.[3]


The diocese is one of the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, "erected" in 1784, and organized in 1785 the same year the first General Convention of "The Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A." convened.

The first bishop of Pennsylvania, William White, also served as the first and fourth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

In 1865, the diocese was divided into two parts, and the western part became known as the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.[4]

A historic parish, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (now in the Overbrook neighborhood), was founded by Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church and commemorated on the church's calendar of saints

The Diocese had a membership of 54,000 in 2003 falling to 44,000 by 2013.


During the later part of the 19th Century the seat of the diocesan bishop was to have been at St. Mark's Church, Frankford where the church was constructed with a stone cathedra rewarding the church's active diocesan ministry and their funding the suffragan bishop. During the during early 20th Century as the more wealthy population of the diocese was shifting north toward the "Main Line", a project was undertaken to build St. Mary's Cathedral, on Ridge Avenue in the Roxborough section of the city, but construction on the St. Mary's project was halted decades ago for financial reasons.

Since 1998, the bishop's seat has been at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, located at 3723 Chestnut Street in the University City section of the see city of Philadelphia, next to both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The cathedral also serves jointly as the seat of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

In 2015, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral Center, a 25-story residential and commercial development, will open on the cathedral grounds to house the diocesan offices.[5]

Bishops of Pennsylvania[edit]

These are the bishops who have served the Diocese of Pennsylvania:[6]

  1. William White (1787–1836)
    * Henry U. Onderdonk, Bishop Coadjutor (1827–1836)
  2. Henry U. Onderdonk (1836–1844)
  3. Alonzo Potter (1845–1865)
    * Samuel Bowman, Bishop Suffragan (1858–1861)
    * William B. Stevens, Bishop Coadjutor (1862–1865)
  4. William B. Stevens (1865–1887)
    * Ozi W. Whitaker, Bishop Coadjutor (1886–1887)
  5. Ozi W. Whitaker (1887–1911)
    * Alexander Mackay-Smith, Bishop Coadjutor (1902–1911)
  6. Alexander Mackay-Smith (1911)
    * Philip M. Rhinelander, Bishop Coadjutor (1911)
  7. Philip M. Rhinelander (1911–1923)
    * Thomas J. Garland, Bishop Suffragan (elected 1911)
  8. Thomas J. Garland (1924–1931)
    * Francis Marion Taitt, Bishop Coadjutor (1929–1931)
  9. Francis Marion Taitt (1931–1943)
    * Oliver J. Hart, Bishop Coadjutor (1942–1943)
  10. Oliver J. Hart (1943–1963)
    * William P. Remington, Bishop Suffragan (1945–1961)
    * J. Gillespie Armstrong, Bishop Suffragan (1949, Bishop Coadjutor (1960–1963)
  11. J. Gillespie Armstrong (1963–1964)
    * Robert L. DeWitt, Bishop Coadjutor (1964)
  12. Robert L. DeWitt (1964–1973)
    * Lyman C. Ogilby, Bishop Coadjutor (1973)
  13. Lyman C. Ogilby (1974–1987)
    * Allen L. Bartlett, Jr., Bishop Coadjutor (1986)
  14. Allen L. Bartlett, Jr. (1987–1998)
    * Franklin D. Turner, Bishop Suffragan (1988-2000)
  15. Charles Ellsworth Bennison, Jr. (1998–2012)
    * Clarence N. Coleridge (Assisting)
    * Clifton D. Daniel, III, Provisional Bishop (2013-present)
    * Allen L. Bartlett (Assisting)
    * Edward L. Lee (Assisting)
    * Rodney Michel (Assisting)
  16. Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, (2016-Present)


  1. ^ episcopal Church membership report
  2. ^ "About Us". Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania convention affirms Clifton Daniel as bishop provisional". Episcopal News Service. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.pitanglican.org/archives/historyofdiocese
  5. ^ http://thetriangle.org/news/apartment-complex-will-go-up-at-38th-and-chestnut/
  6. ^ The Episcopal Church Annual. Morehouse Publishing: New York, NY (2005)

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