Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

Diocese of Long Island
CountryUnited States
TerritoryNew York: Brooklyn, Nassau County, Queens, Suffolk County
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince II
Coordinates40°43′11″N 73°38′30″W / 40.719841°N 73.641672°W / 40.719841; -73.641672
Parishes128 (2022)
Members36,543 (2022)
DenominationEpiscopal Church
EstablishedNovember 18, 1868
CathedralCathedral of the Incarnation
Co-cathedralSt. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
Current leadership
BishopLawrence C. Provenzano
Geralyn Wolf (Assistant Bishop)
Church of the Holy Spirit, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over the counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk, which comprise Long Island, New York. It is in Province 2 and its cathedral, the Cathedral of the Incarnation, is located in Garden City, as are its diocesan offices.[1]

Current bishop[edit]

On the Feast of Theodore of Tarsus, September 19, 2009, Lawrence C. Provenzano was ordained and consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. He officially took office as Bishop of Long Island at the Diocesan Convention November 14, 2009, and was seated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on November 22, 2009.

List of bishops[edit]

The bishops of Long Island have been:[2]

1. Abram Newkirk Littlejohn, (1868–1901)
2. Frederick Burgess, (1901–1925)
3. Ernest M. Stires, (1925–1942)

4. James P. deWolfe, (1942–1966)

5. Jonathan G. Sherman, (1966–1977)

6. Robert C. Witcher, (1977–1991)

7. Orris George Walker, (1991–2015)[3]

8. Lawrence C. Provenzano, bishop (2009–present)

History of the Diocese[edit]

The Diocese has benefited from large endowments, for example, $10,000 given in 1908 by Roslyn, New York resident John Ordronaux.[8]

In 2023, as part of the Uncovering Parish Histories project, the diocese started to investigate its connections to slavery and abolition.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 225-230
  2. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p.340
  3. ^ Cornish, Stephanie (2015-03-04). "Former Baltimorean and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island Bishop Orris Walker, Dies at 72". AFRO American Newspapers. Retrieved 2024-03-04.
  4. ^ http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs184/1104248387325/archive/1117062149390.html
  5. ^ "The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island: Home".
  6. ^ "The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island: Home".
  7. ^ "The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island: Meet Bishop Franklin". www.dioceseli.org. Retrieved 2020-07-22.
  8. ^ "MANY BEQUESTS TO CHARITY.; Will of Dr. Ordronaux D... - The New York Times" (PDF). The New York Times. March 29, 1908. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  9. ^ "Episcopal Diocese of Long Island churches confront their role in slavery". Newsday. 2023-08-01. Retrieved 2024-03-04.

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