The Primates of the Anglican Communion

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The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the USA

Basic Details

Date of Birth:    1954

Ordained:          1994

Priest:                1994

Consecrated:   2001


Stanford University. 1974. B.S.
Oregon State University. 1977. MS
Oregon State University. 1983. PhD
Church Divinity School of the Pacific. 1994. M Div
Church Divinity School of the Pacific. 2001. DD


Visiting assistant professor at Oregon State University's Department of Religious Studies
Visiting scientist at Oregon State University's Department of Oceanography
Oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle
Assistant rector, Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon.
Bishop of Nevada 2001-2006


The Presiding Bishop is Chief Pastor and Primate of the Episcopal Church. The office evolved originally from a rule of the House of Bishops in 1789 making its presiding officer the senior member in terms of date of consecration. As a result of increased duties, the office was incorporated into the Constitution of the Church in 1901 and styled Presiding Bishop of the Church. In 1919 the office was made elective and invested with executive responsibility for all departments of the church's work. The first election of a Presiding Bishop by General Convention took place in 1925. Since 1943 the Presiding Bishop has been required to resign diocesan jurisdiction upon election. In 1967 the duties of the office were significantly enhanced.

As "Chief Pastor," the Presiding Bishop is charged with initiating and developing church policy and strategy, speaking God's Word to the church and the world, and visiting every diocese of the church. The title "Primate" was added in 1982. The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, D. C., is the official seat of the Presiding Bishop. The office of the Presiding Bishop is located at the Episcopal Church Centre in New York City. The present term of office for the Presiding Bishop is nine years.

Contact Details


Attn: Sharon Jones-Coombs , Episcopal Church Center , 815 Second Avenue , New York , NY , 10017 , USA

Office: +1 212 716 6273

Fax: +1 212 697 5892

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