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Diocese of Albany
Diœcesis Albanensis
Diocese of Albany seal.jpg
Country United States
Ecclesiastical province Province II
Congregations 112
Members 12,011 (2020)
Denomination Episcopal Church
Established December 2, 1868
Cathedral Cathedral of All Saints
Language English, Spanish
Current leadership
Bishop Standing Committee
Location of the Diocese of Albany
Location of the Diocese of Albany

The Episcopal Diocese of Albany is a diocese of the Episcopal Church covering 19 counties in northeastern New York state. It was created in 1868 from a division of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.


Headquarters of the diocese in Albany
Cathedral of All Saints, Albany's Episcopal see

The Church of England arrived in 1674 with a chaplain assigned to the British military garrison at Albany. In 1704 the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel sent two missionaries to the Mohawk Valley, where the first Anglican church was erected in 1711.

In 1708 the oldest parish, St. Peter's, was founded in Albany. He extended his ministry to nearby Schenectady, and by 1763, St. George's Church was built in that town. In 1765 the last of the colonial parishes, St. John's in Johnstown, was established. By the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, Anglican missions were springing up in surrounding counties. However, the war proved disastrous to the English church, which for almost ten years after remained leaderless and disorganized.

With the formation of the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1785 (comprising the entire state), the Church in New York began to reorganize. By 1790, during the "Second Great Awakening", expanded missionary activity begun under strong episcopal leadership was largely sustained by a vigorous laity. By 1810, 14 priests served 25 parishes in buildings made possible by grants from Trinity Parish, New York City.

In 1868, nineteen counties in the northeastern quarter of the state were organized into the Diocese of Albany. Its first bishop, William Croswell Doane, was elected in 1869 by a convention of 62 priests and 127 delegates. Doane's principles and personality had a profound and enduring effect upon the character of the Diocese of Albany. He organized the newly formed diocese after the English model with a cathedral see, and his "high church" leanings found expression in his establishment of St. Agnes School, The Child's Hospital, a community of women religious, and St. Margaret's House and Hospital for Babies.

In 2007, the 8th Bishop of Albany, Dan Herzog, several months after his retirement, renounced his ordained ministry and was received into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. He was, at the time, only the third bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church to do so. Herzog had since 2003 been an increasingly vocal critic of some decisions of the Episcopal Church's General Convention, including its 2003 affirmation of the election of an openly practicing homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, in the Diocese of New Hampshire. However, following a period of further reflection, Herzog rescinded his renunciation, and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, with the advice and consent of her Advisory Council, restored him to the ministry of the Episcopal Church with effect from April 28, 2010. Herzog will assist his successor in the Diocese of Albany in the capacity of a retired bishop. Jefferts Schori visited the Episcopal Diocese of Albany in 2011.

William H. Love is the current Bishop of Albany. He was elected bishop coadjutor in 2006 and installed in February 2007 following Herzog's retirement. He is self-identified as orthodox and is considered to be theologically conservative. Love was the only Episcopal bishop in New York State to oppose the passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

Companion dioceses

  • United Kingdom The Diocese of Down and Dromore is part of the Church of Ireland and is located in North East Ireland. The diocese covers half of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, east of the River Lagan, as well as County Armagh east of the River Bann. The cathedral and administrative offices are in Belfast.
  • South Sudan The Diocese of Maridi is located in South Sudan. The diocese is part of the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
  • Argentina The Diocese of Northern Argentina is located in northern Argentina and is part of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America.

Historic churches in the diocese

Historic churches in the diocese include:

  • All Saints Episcopal Church, Round Lake, 1892.
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