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The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, encompassing the entire state of Connecticut. It is one of the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church and one of seven New England dioceses that make up Province 1.

Its first bishop, Samuel Seabury, was the first Anglican bishop with a see outside the British Isles. Anglican services have been conducted in the diocese since 1702, but the first diocesan convention did not take place until after the diocese was organized, convened by Bishop Seabury in 1785.[1]

Christ Church Cathedral is at 45 Church Street in the see city of Hartford. Diocesan offices are at 1335 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. There are 177 parishes in the diocese, with about 68,500 baptized members. One of Connecticut's well-known bishops was the Right Reverend Walter Henry Gray, who served as the first chairman of the Civil Rights Commission in Connecticut. Bishop Gray also played a leading role at two meetings of the Lambeth Conferences.

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Andrew D. Smith, who is the fourteenth bishop of the diocese. He is assisted by Bishop Suffragan James E. Curry. On March 10, 2007, the Rev. Dr. Laura Jean Ahrens was elected bishop suffragan, the first woman to be elected bishop in Connecticut.[2] She was consecrated on 30 June 2007 at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven.

On 2009 October 24, the Rev. Ian T. Douglas as the 15th bishop of the diocese. Elected on the second ballot from a field of four nominees, Douglas is the first priest ever to be elected from outside the diocese. He is the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and associate priest at St. James’s Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts. If approved by a majority of bishops and standing committees in the Episcopal Church, Douglas will be consecrated on 2010 April 17.[3]



These are the bishops who have served the Diocese of Connecticut:[4]

  1. Samuel Seabury (1784 - 1796)
  2. Abraham Jarvis (1797 - 1813)
  3. Thomas Church Brownell (1819 - 1865)
    * John Williams, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1851)
  4. John Williams (1865 - 1899)
    * Chauncey Bunce Brewster, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1897)
  5. Chauncey Bunce Brewster (1899 - 1928)
    * Edward C. Acheson, Suffragan Bishop (elected 1915); Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1926)
  6. Edward C. Acheson (1928 - 1934)
    * Frederick G. Budlong, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1931)
  7. Frederick G. Budlong (1931 - 1954)
    * Walter Henry Gray, Suffragan Bishop (consecrated 1940); Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1945)
  8. Walter Henry Gray (1951 - 1969)
    * Robert M. Hatch, Suffragan Bishop (1951 - 1957)
    * John Henry Esquirol, Suffragan Bishop (consecrated 1958)
    * J. Warren Hutchens, Suffragan Bishop (consecrated 1961)
  9. John Henry Esquirol (1971 - 1971)
  10. J. Warren Hutchens, (1971 - 1977)
    * Morgan Porteus, Suffragan Bishop (consecrated 1971); Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1976)
  11. Morgan Porteus (1977 - 1981)
    * W. Bradford Hastings, Suffragan Bishop (1981 - 1986)
    * Arthur Edward Walmsley, Coadjutor Bishop (consecrated 1979)
  12. Arthur Edward Walmsley, (1981 - 1993)
    * Clarence Nicholas Coleridge, Suffragan Bishop (consecrated 1981)
    * Jeffrey William Rowthorn, Suffragan Bishop (1987 - 1993)
  13. Clarence Nicholas Coleridge (1993 - 1999)
    * Andrew D. Smith, Suffragan Bishop (1996 - 1999)
  14. Andrew D. Smith, 1996 - Present)
    * James E. Curry, Suffragan Bishop (2000 - Present)
    * Wilfrido Ramos-Orench, Suffragan Bishop (2000 - 2006)
    * Laura Jean Ahrens, Suffragan Bishop (2007 - Present)


  1. ^ History of the Diocese of Connecticut
  2. ^ Episcopal News Service report
  3. ^ "Connecticut Episcopalians elect the Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas as next bishop," Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut news
  4. ^ The Episcopal Church Annual. Morehouse Publishing: New York, NY (2005)

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