The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island is a gathering of the 51 Episcopal Churches in our state, served by the Bishop and his staff. The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Jr. was consecrated the 13th Bishop of RI in 2012.
The Bishop and his staff support congregations as they carry out their mission and ministries. They provide resources and educational opportunities to encourage spiritual development and outreach in the churches of this diocese, as well as in the greater community. Together, our Bishop and churches work to do large scale ministry no church could operate alone, such as the ECC Summer Camp, the Jonathan Daniels House (a residential service corps for young adults), Hispanic Ministries and more. Check out our Programs & Ministries pages to see all that we do and how you can get involved.
Our diocese is located in the regional Province of New England also known as Province I. We are a colonial Diocese, and A Brief History of the Episcopal Church in Rhode Island traces our history from Pastor Blackstone’s preaching beneath the “Catholic Oak” in Lonsdale through the American Revolution and to the present day.
About the Episcopal Church in the USA
The Episcopal Church represents the United States in the Anglican Communion, a worldwide Christian denomination.
The Episcopal Church comprises approximately 2 million members of 7000 churches throughout all 50 states as well as sixteen countries and 110 dioceses. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is the Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
The center of International Anglicanism is Canterbury, England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.