Diocese of Southern Virginia


July 11, 2010

St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton, Virginia, celebrated its 400th anniversary July 10-11 as the city also celebrated a similar milestone.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached during the July 11 anniversary service.

"The history of this parish is enthralling,"...

April 29, 2010

While more than 3,800 buildings in the United States have been awarded an Energy Star rating for superior energy efficiency, the first Episcopal church to win such a rating is St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Newport News, according to a news release from the congregation.

St. Andrew's...

November 1, 2009

The Rt. Rev. C. Charles Vaché, the 7th bishop of Southern Virginia, died on the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1).

Vaché, 83, was in hospice care at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Vaché was elected and consecrated bishop coadjutor of Southern Virginia in 1976 while...

October 14, 2009

Chatham Hall, an internationally renowned girls' boarding school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, has received a $31 million gift from the estate of alumna Elizabeth Beckwith Nilsen, Class of 1931. This is the largest single gift to any girls' independent school.

According to Gary...

May 20, 2009

Comedian and actor Bill Cosby underscored the importance of self value in a commencement speech delivered May 10 at St. Paul's College, an Episcopal college, in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

"Saint Paul's is small but still a jewel, and just like a jewel, if you keep applying pressure it...

February 17, 2009

A day after his consecration on February 13 as tenth bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Bishop Herman "Holly" Hollerith IV, 53, addressed the diocesan Annual Council. "We have come a very long way in Southern Virginia. Not all wounds are healed. Not all of our brokenness is mended. Not...

September 28, 2008

The Rev. Herman "Holly" Hollerith on September 27 was chosen the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia on the sixth ballot in an election held in Powhatan, Virginia.

In remarks to the special meeting of the 117th Annual Council of the Diocese, Hollerith said he was excited,...

June 26, 2008

For 14 years, parishioners throughout the Diocese of Southern Virginia have made it possible for adults and children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS to leave their illness for a short period of time and simply have some fun at Camp Wakonda.

Since 1995, Camp Wakonda  has operated a free...

June 4, 2008

The 117th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will convene in a special session at Powhatan High School on September 27 to elect its 10th bishop from among five nominees.

They are:

The Very Rev. Edward H. Harrison, dean, St. John's Cathedral, Jacksonville,...

June 1, 2008

A recent day-long joint clergy conference for United Methodist and Episcopal clergy culminated with a joint celebration of Holy Eucharist at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Interim Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop John Buchanan and Bishop Charlene Kammerer of the...


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