Host Diocese & City of Indianapolis
The City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis is the capital of the State of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County Indiana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population is 829,718. It is Indiana's largest city and, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, is the 12th largest city in the United States. Indianapolis is also the second largest city in the Midwest behind Chicago; the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona; and the most populous state capital east of the Mississippi River. Indianapolis is also one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.
For much of its history, Indianapolis has oriented itself around government and industry, particularly manufacturing. Today, Indianapolis has a much more diversified economy, contributing to the fields of education, health care, and finance. Tourism is also a vital part of the economy of Indianapolis, and the city plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events. In addition to hosting General Convention in July, Indianapolis welcomed visitors to Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012.
For more information on what to do and see in Indianapolis please check out the Visitor and Convention website at http://visitindy.com/. More information can be found through the Fun City Finder website, at http://indianapolis-indiana.funcityfinder.com/.
The Diocese of Indianapolis
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is a diocese in the midwestern Province V of The Episcopal Church, and covers the southern two-thirds of the state of Indiana. It is headquartered at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, and has 10,137 communicants in 49 parishes. The current bishop of the diocese is the Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick.
Like many other Midwestern dioceses, the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Jackson Kemper as missionary bishop of the Northwest in 1835 served as a foundational piece. At the time, Indiana was a wilderness and the first Anglican meetings were often held in Methodist and Presbyterian churches, as well as courthouses, stores, schoolhouses, and private homes. Bishop Kemper founded several Indiana churches; the oldest one still standing is Saint John's Church, Crawfordsville.
The Episcopal Diocese of Indiana was formed in 1849 with the consecration of the Rt. Rev. George Upfold, with the first cathedral of Saint John's Church, Lafayette, because it was the only parish with a parsonage at the time. However, Bishop Upfold moved the episcopal residence to Indianapolis after only a few years, and Saint Paul's Church, Grace Church, and All Saints' Church would variously serve as the cathedral before it was moved to the Christ Church. In 1898 the Episcopal Diocese of Indiana was divided into the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana.
For more information about the Diocese of Indianapolis, please visit the diocesan website at http://indydio.org/.