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About the Episcopal Church

Christ Church is more than the people who worship

at the corner of St. Emanuel and Church Streets. 

One of the distinctive things about being an Episcopalian is the sense of connection

and fellowship one has with other Anglicans and Episcopalians throughout the world.

28th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church


The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of Northwest Pennsylvania and bishop provisional of Western New York, was elected June 26 by the House of Bishops to serve as the 28th presiding bishop, and his election was confirmed by the House of Deputies at the 81st General Convention. The bishops elected Rowe on their first ballot in a closed session at Christ Christ  Episcopal  Church  in

downtown Louisville. The result later was announced publicly in the House of Deputies’ afternoon session by House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris. The announcement was greeted by cheers from the standing-room-only crowd on the floor of the convention hall at the Kentucky International Convention Center.  Click here to read all about GC81.

81st General Convention


The 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held June 23-28, in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Keep up to date with the latest news about GC81 by subscribing to the monthly newsletter at


For all resources related to the General Convention, visit

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's
Easter 2024 Message


Christ Church is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.  Our diocese includes 18,000 people who worship God and reach out to others in 61 parishes in the southern part of Alabama and the western panhandle of Florida.  It is one of two Episcopal dioceses in the state of Alabama and one of five in Florida.  Our bishop is the Right Reverend J. Russell Kendrick.


The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast web site.


The Episcopal Church is a fellowship of 2.2 million Christians in 108 dioceses throughout the United States as well as Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Micronesia, Taiwan, and the Convocation of American Churches in Europe.  The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church is the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry. Bishop Curry, previously the Bishop of North Carolina, was elected during the 78th General Convention in June 2015. He took office in November 2015.

The Episcopal Church web site


The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a global fellowship of 73 million Christians in 38 self-governing provinces.  The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby.  While he is sometimes compared to a pope, a more accurate description of his role is that he is "first among equals" with his brother and sister bishops from throughout the Anglican Communion.

The world-wide Anglican Communion web site


There are a number of sources of more in-depth information about the Episcopal Church and what it means to be an Episcopalian, including: 

  • The Inquirers Class at Christ Church Cathedral, offered annually during Lent

  • The Episcopal Church web site

  • The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast web site

  • The Book of Common Prayer (the prayer book we use in church) 

  • The Anglican Communion web site


Or these books are available for purchase by contacting the Cathedral office:

  • The Episcopal Handbook

  • Those Episkopols by Dennis Maynard 

  • A People Called Episcopalians by John Westerhoff

  • A New Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall


These are helpful resources:

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