Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Location

The main offices of the diocese are located in the Episcopal Church Center in Ocean Beach at:

2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107

Parking is available behind the main building. When traveling southwest on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, turn left onto Brighton and right into the parking lot. Street parking is also available.

History

Queen Elizabeth visits San Diego

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego was founded in 1973, over 100 years after the first Episcopal service took place in this region. The geographical area of the diocese stretches from Sun City to the Mexican border, and from the Pacific Ocean to Yuma, Arizona. Until 1973, this region was part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

Once shipwrecked off the coast of Point Loma, Episcopal Bishop William Ingraham Kip and his wife, both New Englanders, were entertained by the Bandini family, whose house still stands in Old Town San Diego. On January 22, 1854, the bishop celebrated communion worship for the first time in California at the courthouse in Old Town.

As the area developed, Episcopal churches emerged until a separate diocese was formed. The Rt. Rev. Robert Wolterstorff was consecrated as the first bishop of the Diocese of San Diego in 1974. The newly formed diocese then had 37 congregations and nearly 20,000 members.

Once shipwrecked off the coast of Point Loma, Episcopal Bishop William Ingraham Kip and his wife, both New Englanders, were entertained by the Bandini family, whose house still stands in Old Town San Diego. On January 22, 1854, the bishop celebrated communion worship for the first time in California at the courthouse in Old Town.

As the area developed, Episcopal churches emerged until a separate diocese was formed. The Rt. Rev. Robert Wolterstorff was consecrated as the first bishop of the Diocese of San Diego in 1974. The newly formed diocese then had 37 congregations and nearly 20,000 members.

The Rt. Rev. Brinkley Morton from Alabama was elected and consecrated second bishop of San Diego in 1982. He focused on developing seven new congregations and he helped expand the services of already existing Episcopal Community Services, which still continues to help people in need today.

Since its inception, St. Paul’s Cathedral at 2728 Sixth Avenue in San Diego has been a center of ministry, but it wasn’t until 1985 that it was named our cathedral. In 1983 Queen Elizabeth II of England and her husband Prince Phillip visited St. Paul’s.

footwashing-cmykThe Rt. Rev. Gethin Hughes, our third diocesan bishop, was elected and consecrated in 1992. Bishop Hughes increased mission and ministry in this region and also led a fundraising campaign for new church buildings. By 1999, the diocese had 52 congregations and 26,000 members.

The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes was ordained and consecrated as the fourth Bishop of San Diego in 2005, and his episcopacy continued to 2017, when he was called to be Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. In addition to seeing the diocese through a challenging time when nine congregations divided over wider church issues, he encouraged parishes and missions alike to think of themselves as missional centers for the wider community.  During his tenure, the diocesan headquarters was relocated from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean Beach.

The Rt. Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori is serving as Assisting Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego during our episcopate transition. While with EDSD, she works closely with the Standing Committee that has assumed jurisdiction of the diocese in the absence of a diocesan bishop. She helps to lead the Diocesan Staff, makes regular parish visitations, and ministers to the diocese as a whole. She brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to bear as EDSD transitions to their fifth diocesan bishop who will be elected in early 2019.

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego today consists of 44 churches and over 20,000 members across San Diego County, Imperial County, southern Riverside County and Yuma County, Arizona. San Diego is part of the greater Episcopal Church which has 110 dioceses in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

 

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