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Diocese of Arizona
|Ecclesiastical province||Province VIII|
|Bishop||The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith|
Location of the Diocese of Arizona
The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona was established by General Convention in 1959, but its history began 100 years before. Here are some important dates:
- February 15, 1860: Joseph C. Talbot consecrated at Christ Church, Indianapolis to be Missionary Bishop over the newly organized Northwest jurisdiction, covering nearly 900,000 square miles (2,300,000 km2), including Nebraska, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Montana and Idaho.
- 1865: Arizona and Nevada were constituted a Missionary Jurisdiction.
- 1874: Arizona is separated from Nevada and is joined into a Missionary Jurisdiction with New Mexico.
- 1880: The first convention of the Missionary District of New Mexico and Arizona was held at the Exchange Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- 1881: St. Paul's, the first Episcopal church building in Arizona was erected in Tombstone with help from Endicott Peabody. St. Paul's is the oldest non-Roman Catholic Church in Arizona.
- 1889: Trinity Church in Phoenix was completed and held its first service on the first Sunday in January.
- 1892: Arizona and New Mexico were made separate Missionary Jurisdictions.
- 1897: The Hospital of the Good Shepherd was founded by Miss Thackara among the Navajos at Fort Defiance.
- 1907: St. Luke's Home for tubercular patients was founded in Phoenix.
- August 18, 1931: The Arizona Church Conference Center (Chapel Rock was added to the name in 1995) was bought and paid for with $13,972.85 by Bishop Mitchell.
- 1959: The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona was established by General Convention.
|Missionary bishops over Arizona|
|1875||1876||Joseph C. Talbot, Missionary Bishop of the Northwest||Joseph Cruikshank Talbot (September 5, 1816, Alexandria, VA – January 15, 1883, Indianapolis, IN); consecrated February 15, 1860 at Christ Church, Indianapolis.|
|1869||1874||Ozi William Whitaker, Missionary Bishop of Arizona and Nevada||(May 10, 1830, New Salem, MA – 1911); consecrated on October 13, 1869; first Episcopal Visitations to Arizona in 1873; translated to Pennsylvania.|
|1875||1876||William Forbes Adams, Missionary Bishop of Arizona and New Mexico||(2 January 1833, Enniskillen, UK – July 27, 1935, Los Angeles, CA); consecrated January 17, 1875; translated to Easton.|
|1876||1880||John Franklin Spalding, Bishop of Colorado||(August 25, 1828, Belgrade, ME – March 9, 1902, Erie, PA); also acting Missionary Bishop; previously Missionary Bishop of Colorado.|
|1880||1888||George Kelly Dunlop, Missionary Bishop of Arizona and New Mexico||(November 10, 1830, County Tyrone, UK – March 12, 1888); consecrated November 21, 1880.|
|1889||1911||John Mills Kendrick, Missionary Bishop of Arizona and New Mexico||(May 14, 1836, Gambier, OH – December 16, 1911, Oceanside, CA); consecrated January 18, 1889.|
|1911||1925||Julius W. Atwood, Missionary Bishop of Arizona||Julius Walter Atwood (June 27, 1857, Salisbury, VT – April 10, 1945, Washington, DC); consecrated 1911.|
|1926||1945||Walter Mitchell, Missionary Bishop of Arizona||Consecrated 1926.|
|1945||1959||Arthur B. Kinsolving, Missionary Bishop of Arizona||Arthur Barksdale Kinsolving II (1894, Brazil – June 15th 1965; consecrated 1945; diocesan bishop from 1959.|
|Bishops of Arizona|
|1959||1962||Arthur B. Kinsolving||Missionary Bishop since 1945.|
|1962||1979||Joseph M. Harte||John Joseph Meakin Harte (July 28, 1914, Springfield, OH – December 19, 1999, Phoenix, AZ); previously suffragan bishop in Dallas.|
|1979||1992||Joseph T. Heistand||Joseph "Joe" Thomas Heistand (March 3, 1924, Danville, PA – October 14, 2008, Richmond, VA); consecrated August 28, 1976 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Phoenix.|
|1985||1988||Wesley Frensdorff, coadjutor bishop||(1926, Hannover, Germany – May 17, 1988, Grand Canyon, AZ); previously Bishop of Nevada (1972–1983); interim Bishop of Navajoland (1983–1985); died in office in an airplane crash.|
|1992||2004||Robert R. Shahan||Robert Reed "Bob" Shahan (born October 18, 1939, Elkhart, KS); consecrated in October 1992 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Phoenix.|
|2004||present||Kirk Stevan Smith||(born June 6, 1951, Soap Lake, WA); consecrated April 24, 2004 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Phoenix; seated October 15, 2004 Trinity Cathedral.|
- The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona
- Trinity Cathedral
- Chapel Rock
- Journal of the Annual Convocation of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Missionary District of Arizona
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