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The Diocese of Oregon is a diocese of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, also known as the Episcopal Church. As members of an international church, we are a constituent part of the world-wide Anglican Communion of Churches.
The Diocese of Oregon is divided into seven geographical areas called Convocations. Each Convocation is made up of specific congregations, and each has a Dean (clergy person) and a President (lay person). The Convocation Deans are appointed annually by the Bishop at the annual Diocesan Convention. The Presidents are elected by each Convocation. The idea of Convocations is a time-honored one that harkens back to traditional Anglican structure, where members of a “deanery” were a Bishop’s liaison, regional representative and pastoral minister.
The detailed ministry description focuses on each Dean assisting The Bishop by serving as a pastoral resource for clergy and lay leadership in their respective convocations, especially during times of transition, illness, or other pressing circumstances. Each Dean will also coordinate meetings with local clergy, facilitate communication and work with his or her Convocation President (lay person) in convening gatherings of Convocation delegates.
The goals of the detailed ministry as envisioned by The Bishop are described below:
When the Episcopal Church first came to the Oregon Territory (1853), there were two convocations—east and western Oregon. In 1906, those convocations became the Western Diocese of Oregon and the Eastern Diocese of Oregon.
For a roster of the Convocations, Deans and Presidents, click here.