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Bishop Dietsche celebrates his first Eucharist as a Bishop; to the left, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, to the right, Bishop Dietsche's predecessor, Bishop Sisk. Between them, Deacons of the Table Robert Jacobs and Rebecca Weiner Tompkins. P
The Episcopal Church takes its name from the Greek word episcopos, meaning overseer or governor.
Theologically, Bishops are considered to be successors to the Apostles. Bishops, therefore, have the two-fold responsibility for the apostolic mission of the Church and for the oversight of that mission within a given geographic area, the Diocese.
The bishops, who in the Episcopal Church (unlike elsewhere in the Anglican Communion) are elected by the clergy and laity of the Diocese, are members of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Bishops confer Holy Orders upon deacons, priests, and other bishops, and administer the rite of Confirmation in addition to the usual priestly services. They visit the congregations, meet with the clergy, administer Confirmation, and preach the Word.