Diocese of New Jersey

Diocese of New Jersey
Ecclesiastical province Province II
Congregations 161
Rite Episcopal
Cathedral Trinity Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Rt. Rev. George Edward Councell

Location of the Diocese of New Jersey
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The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey forms part of Province II of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. It is made up of the southern and central New Jersey counties of Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May. It is one of the nine original Dioceses of the Episcopal Church.

The diocese originally included all of the state of New Jersey, but was divided in 1874, when the northern third of the state split off to form the Diocese of Northern New Jersey, which was later renamed to become the Diocese of Newark. The Diocese of New Jersey is the sixth-largest diocese in the Episcopal Church in terms of the number of parishes, and the eighth-largest in terms of the number of baptized communicants. It has a reputation for broad ethnic and socio-economic diversity and strong youth ministry programs.

The Diocese of New Jersey currently has a total of 161 congregations. The Diocese is under the jurisdiction of the Right Reverend George Edward Councell, Bishop of New Jersey, whose seat is at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton. The largest parish in the diocese is Trinity Church, Princeton.

Bishops of New Jersey

  • John Croes 1815-1832 (1st Bishop of New Jersey)[1]
  • George Washington Doane 1832-1859 (2nd Bishop of New Jersey)
  • William Henry Odenheimer 1859-1874 (3rd Bishop of New Jersey and 1st Bishop of Newark)
  • John Scarborough 1875-1914 (4th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • Paul Matthews 1915-1937 (5th Bishop of New Jersey)
    • Albion W. Knight, Coadjutor, 1923-1935
    • Ralph Ernest Urban, Suffragan, 1932-1935
  • Wallace John Gardner 1937-1954 (6th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • Alfred Lothian Banyard 1955-1973 (7th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • Albert Wiencke Van Duzer 1973-1982 (8th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • G. P. Mellick Belshaw 1983-1994 (9th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • Joe Morris Doss 1995-2002 (10th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • George Edward Councell 2003–present (11th Bishop of New Jersey)
  • William Hallock Stokes Bishop elect (Ordination scheduled to take place November 2, 2013)


External links

  • Diocese of New Jersey website
  • Diocese of New Jersey Youth Ministry website
  • Journal of the Annual Convention, Diocese of New Jersey
  • Service Book for the Diocese of New Jersey, Authorized by Wallace J. Gardner (1940), digitized by Richard Mammana

Coordinates: 40°13′50″N 74°47′12″W / 40.23059°N 74.78655°W / 40.23059; -74.78655

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