How We Work Together
The Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe is one of four partially overlapping Anglican jurisdictions in continental Europe. (The other Anglican jurisdictions in Europe are: the Lusitanian Church of Portugal, the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, and the Church of England's Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.) The Convocation is the jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church is one of 39 provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church is present in 16 countries around the world.
The Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, a suffragan bishop to the Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, is based at The American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris. There are congregations in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. The Convocation functions both as a European Church with a legal corporate structure based in France, as well as being a diocesan-like jurisdiction of the Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, based at The American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, is bishop in charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. A number of critical institutions and bodies work with Bishop Whalon in carrying out God's mission for the church in Europe, including:
This meeting brings together representatives of all our parishes, missions, and indigenous ministries. At the Convention the budget for the coming year is presented; four clerical and four lay deputies to the General Convention are chosen; and four clerical and four lay members of the Council of Advice are elected (see Episcopal Church Canon I.15).
This group advises the bishop on all important matters of policy, and is charged with preparing the annual budget and raising funds. The Council also gives final approval to all candidates for ordination.
With the Bishop and the Council of Advice, this group oversees the training of those preparing for lay and ordained ministries, and assists with clergy continuing education. The Commission offers conferences for everyone, including an annual discernment weekend, and a spirituality retreat.
The Youth Commission is responsible for critical aspects of the Convocation’s youth program, which includes youth and young adults ages 10-29.
EICS is the body in the Convocation that develops resources for lay and ordinand formation. The EICS offers weekend events for the formation and training for upcoming leaders in the Convocation, including its annual event, The Academy for Parish Leadership (APL).
Three boards, legally incorporated in the State of New York, administer the endowments of the Convocation and of our parishes in Florence and Rome. They also hold deed to some church properties.
All of these bodies undergird and strengthen the mission of the Episcopal Church and its congregations here in Europe. Increasingly, this mission is being shared with our Anglican brothers and sisters as we address together challenges common to all four jurisdictions on the European mainland. Similarly, our relationships are growing ever closer with Christians from other parts of the Body of Christ.