The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania is the second oldest diocese in the Episcopal Church. She carries out the Church’s mission of bringing individuals to faith in Jesus Christ mostly through its 135 parishes and missions located throughout the 5-county Philadelphia region (Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties). Thirteen of its parishes pre-date the founding of the Diocese itself in 1784. Gloria Dei was established, first as an outpost of the Church of Sweden in 1642, and Christ Church, also of Philadelphia, was founded as the first parish of the Church of England in 1695. Some areas of the Diocese see an Episcopal parish or mission church every few blocks, the result being that parishes tend to sharply distinguish themselves from one another historically, architecturally, theologically, liturgically, and in their sense of mission. The effect is a rich, colorful, interesting mosaic of churches that is essential to the identity of the Diocese and the quality of life for the region it serves.
The current bishop is the Right Reverend Clifton Daniel, III. The Convention to elect his successor is March 12, 2016. Details of the call for our next bishop can be found at: http://diopabishopsearch.com
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