In the Episcopal tradition, the basic structural instrument of unity is the Diocese and its bishop. We are a member congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. St. Nicholas Church is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
The Diocese of Washington is made up of around 40,000 members in 88 parishes and Washington National Cathedral. It has one mission, St. Barnabas Church of the Deaf, three university chaplaincies, seven Latino congregations and a new Sierra Leonean Worshipping Community. Twenty Episcopal schools also are affiliated with the diocese.
The Diocese of Washington was once part of the Diocese of Maryland. In 1893, the U.S. Congress granted a charter to the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia to build an Episcopal cathedral in Washington (Washington National Cathedral). In 1895, the Diocese of Maryland was subdivided to create the Diocese of Washington.
Our current diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, elected two years ago is the ninth bishop of Washington.