Episcopal Church in Minnesota

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Episcopal Church in Minnesota
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral - Minneapolis 01.jpg
Saint Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince VI
Congregations104 (faith communities)
Members19,620 (2016)
CathedralCathedral of Our Merciful Saviour (Faribault)
St. Mark's Cathedral (Minneapolis)
Current leadership
BishopBrian Prior
Location of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Location of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota, also known as the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America which has jurisdiction over all of Minnesota, except Clay County, which is in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota.[1] It is in Province VI and its offices are in Minneapolis. It has two cathedrals: the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault and St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. As of December 2013, there were 20,964 members.[2] It has 110 faith communities (this includes 105 churches and the organizations Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, the Episcopal House of Prayer, The Sheltering Arms Foundation, Breck School, and Shattuck-St. Mary’s School). It is affiliated with the Minnesota Council of Churches, The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, and The Resource Center for Churches.[3] Henry Benjamin Whipple was the first bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. Brian Prior is the current bishop. The Diocese of Duluth was established as a Missionary Diocese from the Diocese of Minnesota in 1895 and was merged back into the Diocese of Minnesota on May 24, 1955.[4]

Bishops of Minnesota[edit]

  1. Henry Benjamin Whipple 1859 - 1901
    * Mahlon Norris Gilbert, coadjutor 1886-1900
  2. Samuel Cook Edsall 1901 - 1917
  3. Frank Arthur McElwain 1917 - 1943
  4. Stephen Edwards Keeler 1943 - 1956
  5. Hamilton Hyde Kellogg 1956 - 1971
  6. Philip Frederick McNairy 1971 - 1978
  7. Robert Marshall Anderson 1978 - 1993
  8. James Louis Jelinek 1993 - 2010
  9. Brian Norman Prior 2010 - 2020 (announced)


Records of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota are available at the Minnesota Historical Society. They cover the period from the arrival of the first Episcopal missionaries into the area in the 1820s through the bishopric of Robert M. Anderson, which ended in 1993. They document the organization, administration, and history of the diocese and its parishes and missions through the records of the diocesan offices and parishes and the papers of numerous diocesan officials and leaders, including George Clinton Tanner, Stephen E. Keeler, Frederick F. Kramer, Hamilton Hyde Kellogg, Philip F. McNairy, and Robert M. Anderson. [5]


  1. ^ Episcopal Church in Minnesota Canon 100
  2. ^ The Episcopal Church Office of Research and Statistics 2013 Parochial Report Data
  3. ^ Episcopal Church in Minnesota Affiliated Organizations
  4. ^ Agreement of Merger of the Diocese of Duluth Into Trustees of the Diocese of Minnesota, Incorporated, dated May 21, 1956
  5. ^ Episcopal Church, Diocese of Minnesota Records

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Coordinates: 44°59′55.9″N 93°17′39.6″W / 44.998861°N 93.294333°W / 44.998861; -93.294333