Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts Article

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Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Diocese of Western Massachusetts shield.png
Ecclesiastical province Province I
Congregations59 (2014)
Members14,923 (2016)
Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Douglas John Fisher
Location of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Location of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the five western counties of Massachusetts. Formed from a division of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, it was officially recognized at the organizing convention of November 10, 1901. At a special meeting on January 22, 1902, Alexander Hamilton Vinton, Rector of All Saints Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. was elected first diocesan bishop.

The first two Anglican parishes in what would become the diocese were started in Great Barrington in 1762 and Lanesborough in 1767 on the Housatonic River, at first served by priests from the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.

There are 67 congregations in the diocese. The Episcopal See is in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Since 1929, the cathedral has been Christ Church Cathedral, which was built in 1874.

Companion diocese


  1. Alexander Hamilton Vinton (1902–11)
  2. Thomas Frederick Davies (1911–36)
  3. William Appleton Lawrence (1937–57)
  4. Robert McConnell Hatch (1957–70)
  5. Alexander Doig Stewart (1970–84)
  6. Andrew F. Wissemann (1984–92)
  7. Robert S. Denig (1993–95)
  8. Gordon Paul Scruton (1996–2012)
  9. Douglas John Fisher (2012–present)

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