About the Diocese

About the Diocese

About the Diocese

About the Diocese

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Diocesan Vision, Mission and Core Values

Vision/ Visión

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are One Church within the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church. All are sought and embraced in worship, mission and ministry in a spirit of mutual love and respect.

Como seguidores de Jesucristo, somos Una Iglesia dentro de la Comunión Anglicana y la Iglesia Episcopal. Todos somos llamados y abrazados en adoración, misión y ministerio en un espíritu de amor y respeto mutuo. 

Mission/ Misión

 We are one Church reconciled by Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called by God through worship, witness and ministry, building the Kingdom of God together.

"Somos Una Iglesia reconciliada por Jesucristo, autorizados por el Espíritu Santo, llamados por Dios por adoración, testigo y ministerio, construyendo el Reino de Dios juntos".

Core Values/ Valores Fundamentales

Grounded in our response to the Baptismal Covenant and Great Commission, the Churches, Schools and Institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas passionately hold these values:

Missionary Emphasis
Making Jesus Christ known with a missionary spirit that honors our heritage of growth and expansion

Education and Leadership
Forming disciples, both lay and clergy, to be effective agents of transformation

Meeting Human Needs
Bringing the love of Christ to a hurting world

Responsive Stewardship
Caring for and dedication of our abundant resources to support the mission of the Church

Setting a standard for ministry

Basada en nuestra respuesta al Convenio Bautismal y la Gran Comisión, las iglesias, las escuelas e instituciones de la Diócesis Episcopal de Texas, con pasión mantienen estos valores: 

Énfasis misionero
Presentar a Jesucristo con un espíritu misionero que hace honor a nuestra herencia de crecimiento y expansión

Educación y liderazgo
La formación de discípulos, laicos y clérigos, para ser agentes eficaces de transformación

Satisfacer las necesidades humanas
Trayendo el amor de Dios a un mundo herido

Administración responsiva
El cuidado y la dedicación de nuestros abundantes recursos para apoyar la misión de la Iglesia 

Estableciendo un estándar para el ministerio impulsado por las expectativas milagrosas

History of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

The Diocese of Texas was the first mission field of The Episcopal Church

The Diocese of Texas was the first mission field of The Episcopal Church. The Diocese of Texas is one of 109 domestic dioceses in the Episcopal Church and operates independently within the canons of the Church (a diocese is the primary unit in denominational structures).  A diocesan bishop oversees each diocese. 

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas is led today by Bishop C. Andrew Doyle. In addition to the Diocesan Center in downtown Houston, there are regional centers at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler. Bishop Suffragan Kathryn M. Ryan offices in Austin and Bishop Suffragan Jeff Fisher is in Tyler. Additionally, Bishop Hector Monterroso joined the staff in July, 2017 as assistant bishop and offices in Houston.

The history of the Diocese is a rich one. From 1838 to 1845, the Episcopal Church existed in the Republic of Texas as the first foreign missionary district of The Episcopal Church, administered by the Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, Bishop of Louisiana, and the Rt. Rev. George Washington Freeman, Bishop of the Southwest. 

In 1845 Texas was admitted to the Union as a state, and the Church continued as a domestic mission under the care of Bishop Freeman. The Diocese organized officially in 1849 and elected its first bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg ten years later. 

Bishop Doyle was invested as the ninth Bishop of Texas on June 7, 2009. He oversees 153 congregations (76,000+ members) in 57 counties spread over nearly 50,000 square miles. The Diocese is one of six in the state. Congregations vary widely in size; as measured by attendance, six of the largest parishes in the top 35 in the United States are in EDOT, two of which are Spanish-speaking. Congregations throughout the Diocese offer a broad range of worship styles, from traditional to contemporary, from jazz to Taizé. Parishes similarly reflect a diversity of views--traditional to more liberal--on issues facing the Church today.

There are 58 Episcopal schools in the Diocese of Texas, and a number of institutions including: St. Stephen’s boarding school (Austin) and Episcopal High School (Houston); El Buen Samaritano (a social service agency in Austin) and St. Vincent’s House (clinic and care for the underserved in Galveston). Camp Allen, a nationally known diocesan camp and conference center, accommodates a variety of spiritual, social and educational events for all ages. The Diocese also has five foundations dedicated to the health and growth of the Church. The Episcopal Health Foundation, funded in 2013 from the transfer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiative, has a corpus of $1billion plus and is dedicated to funding transformational health initiatives throughout the Diocese. 

History of Episcopal Oversight
From 1838 to 1845 the Episcopal Church existed in the Republic of Texas as a foreign missionary district. Christ Church, Matagorda, was the first Episcopal Church in the Republic and was founded in 1839.  Christ Church, Houston, later the Cathedral (and therefore official "see" of the bishop), was the second Episcopal church in the Republic of Texas, founded in 1839. 

The district was first administered by Bishop Leonidas Polk, Bishop of Louisiana, and Bishop George Washington Freeman, Bishop of Arkansas, until Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845. The Diocese officially organized in 1849 and elected Alexander Gregg its first bishop. He served until 1893 when his coadjutor (elected to succeed), the Rt. Rev. George Herbert Kinsolving, became Bishop of Texas.  His coadjutor, the Rt. Rev. Clinton Simon Quin, succeeded Kinsolving 35 years later in 1928. 

Bishop John Hines served as coadjutor under Bishop Quin for ten years and became diocesan in 1955.  Nine years later, in 1964 Bishop Hines was elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church where he served for a decade. Bishop Milton Richardson was consecrated the fifth Bishop of Texas on February 10, 1965, and served as diocesan until his death in 1981. The sixth Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Maurice M. Benitez, was elected in 1980.  In June 1993 Bishop Claude E. Payne was elected the fourth bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Texas and became the seventh Bishop of Texas February 10, 1995. Bishop Don Wimberly became the eighth bishop of Texas in June, 2003, retiring at the mandatory age of 72 on June 6, 2009.  Bishop Doyle, elected in May, 2008, was consecrated at St. Martins, Houston on November 22, 2008 and invested and seated on June 7, 2009.

Additionally, Texas has had ten bishops suffragan and six assistant bishops since becoming a diocese:  F. Percy Goddard, James P. Clements, and Roger H. Cilley; Scott Field Bailey; Gordon T. Charlton; William E. Sterling, Sr., and Leopoldo J. Alard, Rayford B. High, Jr. and Dena A. Harrison served as bishops suffragan. Bishops Jeff W. Fisher and Kathryn M. Ryan currently serve as bishop suffragans. Bishops Anselmo Carral, William J. Cox, Bishop John Hines, James B. Brown, Ted Daniels and John Buchanan served as assistants. Bishop Héctor Monterroso currently serves as bishop assistant. 

Deans of Convocations

Texas has ten convocations, the head of which, nominated by the bishop and elected by council, is called the " dean."

A larger geographical entity within the diocese is called a convocation. It is geographic and usually includes one metropolitan area with surrounding counties. Texas has ten convocations, the head of which, nominated by the bishop and elected by council, is called the " dean." The dean arranges meetings of the convocational clergy to provide fellowship, continuing education, communication, planning and moral support for clergy and their families and to gather lay members to share ideas and projects. Deans are ex-officio members of the Executive Board of the Diocese. 

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Galveston, The Rev. Jim Liberatore, St. Andrew's, Pearland 

Southeast, The Rev. Keith Giblin, St. Paul's, Orange

Northwest, The Rev. Aaron Zimmerman, St. Alban's, Waco

East Harris, The Rev. Victor Thomas, St. James', Houston

Austin, The Rev. Bertie Pearson, Grace, Georgetown

San Jacinto, The Rev. Dr. Gerry Sevick, Trinity, The Woodlands

Northeast, The Rev. Mitch Tollett, St. Francis, Tyler

West Harris, The Rev. Josh Condon, Holy Spirit, Houston

Central, The Rev. Daryl Hay, St. Andrew's, Bryan

Southwest, The Rev. Travis Smith, Holy Comforter, Angleton