No Episcopal Church stands by itself. Rather, each parish is part of a larger diocese, a grouping of Episcopal Churches in a geographic area. Each diocese is led by a bishop. In fact, the very word “episcopal” refers to this bishop-led structure of our church.
Holy Comforter is part of The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Our bishop is the Right Reverend Sam Rodman, the twelfth bishop of our diocese. Our diocese, along with about 110 other dioceses across the United States and other areas, constitute The Episcopal Church in the USA. The Episcopal Church is headed by a presiding bishop, currently the Most Rev. Michael Curry (whom we are very proud to claim as the 11th bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina!).
The Episcopal Church in the USA is one of nearly 40 independent national churches that together form the worldwide Anglican Communion. The spiritual leader of our Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England and historic leader of Anglicanism across the world.
Connections you might find helpful
for inquiries about God, faith, and other topics:
- The Episcopal Church Visitors Page
- FAQ about our faith and traditions (courtesy of The Episcopal Diocese of Texas)
- Book of Common Prayer
- Sunday Lessons online
to learn more about the Episcopal Church:
- The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
- The Episcopal Church
- The Anglican Communion
- Episcopal News Service
to learn about local schools:
to help people all across the world – right now: