What is a Parish?

Dear Bishop Bill:

Why do Anglicans call local churches parishes? It sounds like y’all are from Louisiana.


Dear Cogitating,

Actually you’re on the right track. Parish is an ancient term for a subdivision of a Diocese. Each subdivision (think of it as a city) had a Parish Church and a Parish Priest.

The term is not limited to Anglicans, but is used in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheran and some in the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches.

Thanks for your question.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,

Bishop Bill

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