Diocese of Olympia


August 17, 2011

Australian-American folk-rock artist Jennifer Knapp observes, "Sometimes you have to let go of everything to be able to come back." And come back she has.

The Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter has returned after a seven-year hiatus from her life as a chart-topping...

June 3, 2010

Carl Knirk, who served more than a dozen years as canon for stewardship and evangelism for the Seattle-based Diocese of Olympia and recently began a term as president of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), died May 29. He was 65.

At 6'4" tall, Knirk had a quick smile and...

August 3, 2009

Saying that she wants to spend more time with her family and give Bishop Greg Rickel "full rein" in the Diocese of Olympia, Bishop Suffragan Bavi Edna "Nedi" Rivera has announced her retirement.

Rivera, 63, wrote in an August 1 letter to the diocese that she will retire at the end of...

April 16, 2008

The focus is definitely on the future in the Diocese of Olympia.


Youth, the emergent church, environment, and visioning for churches were among the future-thinking topics explored during the diocesan visit of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on April 9-13.


December 7, 2007

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia reported December 6 that most of the people and places in the diocese fared "remarkably well" in the most recent severe weather that hit the Pacific Northwest.

"With the exception of a few leaky roofs, wet carpets and slightly askew outdoor features,...

September 20, 2007

Gregory H. Rickel was ordained and consecrated on September 15 as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.

More than 2,000 people attended the service in Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

Former Hawaii Bishop Richard Sui On Chang, vice president of the...

September 12, 2007

Bishop-elect Gregory H. Rickel will be ordained and consecrated September 15 as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.

The liturgy will take place at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. More than 2,500 people are expected to attend the service, including a...

June 26, 2007

Deacons are called to be the "nags of the church," Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told the biennial Conference of the North American Association for the Diaconate (NAAD) on June 22 at their meeting in Seattle. Reflecting the Conference theme, "Being There, Mission for a New...

May 11, 2007

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Rickel was elected May 12 to be the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.

Rickel, 43, rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas, was elected on the third ballot from a slate of five nominees. He was elected with 224 lay votes and 106 clergy...

May 10, 2007

Announcing the beginning of the "New Sanctuary Movement," the Episcopal Church in Western Washington stood with other ecumenical and interfaith leaders in support of immigration reform on Wednesday, May 9 at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle.

Also announced in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego...