Bishops of the Diocese of New Jersey
Before you read the tables below, it might be helpful to define some terms.
A bishop is the supervisor of clergy and laity within a certain area (diocese). It's the third order of ordained ministry; from the Greek word episcopos, meaning 'overseer'. A bishop traditionally is chosen from among the priests and is ordained to the episcopate by three other bishops to preserve the apostolic succession and to ensure continuity with church teachings.
A diocesan bishop is the chief administrators of a diocese. A suffragan bishop is an assistant bishop who has been elected to that position. A bishop coadjutor is also an assistant bishop who is elected, but with the right of succession. An assisting bishop is someone who is already a bishop, and who is appointed to help a diocesan bishop or who acts in an interim capacity during the absence of a diocesan bishop. The presiding bishop is the chief bishop of a national church, sometimes called a primate or archbishop.
In the rosters below, the number in parentheses after a bishop's name refers to the rank in succession from the first American bishop, Samuel Seabury.
* See list of other bishops
^ See list of diocesans
Last updated: 30 August 2012
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