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Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
Arms of Episcopal Diocese of Kansas
Province Province VII
Bishop The Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe
Cathedral Grace Cathedral, Topeka
Congregations 50
Membership 12,000
Website Episcopal Diocese of Kansas website
Location of the Diocese of

The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, created in 1859, is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over eastern Kansas. It is in Province 7 and its cathedral, Grace Cathedral, is in Topeka, as are the diocesan offices.[1]


Current bishop

The Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe is the ninth and current bishop of Kansas. He has a master's in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and a doctorate in ministry from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.[2]

Bishops serving areas including the Kansas Territory

Jackson Kemper, (1789 - 1870), Missionary, Missouri-Kansas (1837 - 1859)

Henry Washington Lee, Missionary, Iowa - Kansas (1860 - 1864)

History of the Territorial Area

The first Episcopal services in the Kansas Territory were conducted in 1837 by Bishop Jackson Kemper. In 1859 Bishop Kemper agreed to a convention, at which seven clergy and 11 laymen voted to form the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas. The Diocese constituted the territory of the Kansas Territory. Bishop Henry Washington Lee of Iowa, served as provisional bishop of Kansas from 1860 to 1864. During this time the state of Kansas was established by Congress, and the boundaries of the diocese shrunk to conform to those of the state.

List of bishops

The bishops of Kansas have been:[3][4]

  1. Thomas H. Vail,(1864 - 1889)
    * Elisha Smith Thomas, coadjutor bishop (1887
  2. Elisha Smith Thomas, (1889 - 1895)
  3. Frank Millspaugh, (1895 - 1916)
    * James Wise, coadjutor bishop (1916 1922)
  4. James Wise, (1916 - 1939)
    * Goodrich R. Fenner, coadjutor bishop (1937
  5. Goodrich R. Fenner, 1939-1959(1939 - 1959)
    *Edward C. Turner, coadjutor bishop (1956
  6. Edward C. Turner, (1959 - 1981)
  7. Richard F. Grein, (1981 - 1988)
  8. William E. Smalley, (1989 - 2003)
    *Dean E. Wolfe, coadjutor bishop (2003
  9. Dean E. Wolfe (2004 - present

See also

History of the Diocese

In 1864, 26 delegates from 10 organized parishes gathered at diocesan convention and elected the diocese’s first bishop, Thomas Hubbard Vail. Bishop Vail established a hospital in Topeka, Christ Hospital (the successor to that institution, Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center, still bears his name). At the end of his episcopacy, the diocese had expanded to 138 congregations, more than 3,000 communicants and 31 clergy, plus three schools and the hospital. [5]

The Missionary District of Salina was created from the Diocese in 1901. Its territory extends over the western 60 percent of the state and now is known as the Diocese of Western Kansas. [6]

In June 1879, Grace Church of Topeka was designated the Cathedral of the diocese. In 1910 the foundation for the current Cathedral building was laid. By 1912, the walls had been erected but funds were depleted and further construction was halted. Fund raising efforts and leadership from Bishop Frank Millspaugh and the Rev. J. P. DeBevers Kaye, money was raised for completion of the Cathedral, with exception of the towers, in 1917. [7]

During the 1960's Turner House was established to serve the Inner City of Kansas City Kansas. During the 1980's Venture House was established to serve the needs of the Inner City of Wichita, KS. Both of these agencies have grown into respected Social Service Agencies in their areas.[8]

Parishes in the Diocese of Kansas

St. Andrew's Derby


  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 220-221
  2. ^ Episcopal Clerical Directory, 2005, revised edition, New York: Church Publishing, p.1016.
  3. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 301
  4. ^ Diocese of Kansas history
  5. ^ Diocese of Kansas history
  6. ^ Diocese of Kansas history
  7. ^ Grace Cathedral website
  8. ^ Diocese of Kansas history

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