Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Engaging a changing world with
an enduring faith in Jesus Christ

Welcome! The Episcopal Diocese of Washington comprises some 45,000 people in the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and Saint Mary’s counties in Maryland. The heart of our life and ministry is found in our 88 congregations, numerous schools, service ministries, and in the lives of our members. We invite everyone to know, love, and follow Jesus. Join us!

Bishop Mariann Budde

Meet the bishop

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde is the first woman elected to lead the diocese. She is committed to revitalizing and strengthening the congregations and core ministries of the diocese. 

A Pastor and Advocate

Bishop Budde's writings include strong statements on public issues and reflective essays on the gospels and the Christian spiritual tradition. 


Our Stories

Prayers and the Presidency

 "Even as we pray and work for common purpose, know that I understand how much is at stake in this moment and the importance of our collective witness. We are called to pray and sometimes to protest. We are called to seek reconciliation, but never at the expense of justice." More

Diaconal Training Becomes a Priority

"We currently have 18 persons officially in the process toward ordination to the diaconate,” Archdeacon Sue von Rautenkranz says. “If all goes as planned .... five will be ordained in the fall." More

A Spiritual Home

Find a Church

The diocese's many congregations  vary in size and demographics, and worship in distinctive styles. But all are committed to deepening our relationships with God and with one another. Find a church.

For Newcomers

If you are new to the area or new to the church, we invite you to take the first steps to discovering how we live out a faith rooted in shared prayer and real relationships.