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Bishops of the Diocese of Indianapolis from 1838 to the Present


There have been several bishops since the founding of the diocese in 1838. Click through the pages below to view the pictures of them. There also some photos of some of the final resting places of the bishops.

Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Bishops
The Right Rev.Jackson Kemper, Bishop of Indiana I (1838 - 1849), and Bishop of Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana (1844 - 1849)
The Right Rev. George Upfold, Bishop of Indiana II (1849–1872)
Markers for Bishop Upfold at Crown Hill Cemetery - Indianapolis
The Right Rev. Joseph Cruikshank Talbot, Bishop of Indiana III (1872-1883)
Markers for Bishop Talbot and his family at Crown Hill Cemetery - Indianapolis
The Right Rev. David Buel Knickerbacker, Bishop of Indiana IV (1883-1894)
Crypt of Bishop Knickerbacker at Saint James' Chapel at Howe Military Academy - Howe, Indiana
The Right Rev. John Hazen White Bishop of Indiana V (1895-1899) - Indiana made into 2 Dioceses in 1898 due to growth
Crypt of Bishop White and his wife, Louise at Saint James' Chapel, Howe Military Academy - Howe, Indiana
The Right Rev. Joseph Marshall Francis, Bishop of Indiana VI (1899-1939)
Markers for Bishop Francis and his wife, Kate at Crown Hill Cemetery - Indianapolis
The Right Rev. Richard Ainslie Kirchhoffer, Bishop of Indiana VII (1939-1959)
Marker for Bishop Kirchhoffer and his wife, Arline in the Diocesan Plot at Crown Hill Cemetery - Indianapolis
The Right Rev. John Pares Craine, Bishop of Indiana VIII (1959-1977)
Marker for Bishop Craine in the Diocesan Plot at Crown Hill Cemetery - Indianapolis
The Right Rev. Edward Whitker Jones, Bishop of Indiana IX (1978-1997)
The Right Rev. Catherine M. Waynick, Bishop of Indiana X (1997- Present)
Front row L/R: Debra Kissinger, Rita Holliday Back row L/R: Sally Cassidy, Bishop Cate Waynick, John Vernon Oaks, Kathy Copas, Dontie Fuller, Bruce Gray, Kim Smith, and Marsha Gebuhr. (Photo taken in front of Bishop Cate's beautiful Christmas tree!)

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