Diocese

Our Diocese

Christ-centered, inclusive, sustained by prayer and committed to service, the Diocese of Chicago devotes itself to three simple goals: Grow the Church. Form the faithful. Change the world.

We welcome skeptics, seekers and believers into a community of some 40,000 baptized members, 380 clergy and 127 congregations spread across 21 counties in northern Illinois.

Rooted in the church's Anglo-Catholic tradition, we are strengthened by a diversity of cultural, liturgical and theological expression. Our diocese is considered a leader in leadership development through the innovative Making Excellent Disciples program for new priests; lifelong Christian formation; and misconduct prevention (through the Keeping God's People Safe program).

Our commitment to social witness and community service is expressed through the work of Episcopal Charities and Community Services, and a variety of diocesan and parish-based initiatives.

We are proud to be one of the 113 domestic and overseas dioceses comprising The Episcopal Church, one of the 38 member churches, or provinces, of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee is the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. Bishop Lee was elected in 2007 and consecrated on February 2, 2008.  The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting became assisting bishop in January 2012. Bishop Epting joins the Diocese of Chicago after most recently serving as ecumenical officer for The Episcopal Church and interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa.  The Rt. Rev. John C.Buchanan joined the Diocese of Chicago as assisting bishop in January 2014. He is the former bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri (1989 - 2000) and most recently served as the provisional bishop of the Diocese of Quincy from 2009 - 2013. 

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