Diocese of California

Our Mission:

Embodied Justice for All People & for God’s CreationChurch Vitality
Rooted Spirituality • Transparent & Accountable Leadership
Inclusive Community

The Episcopal Diocese of California serves a diverse community of faith encompassing the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Approximately 27,000 people form 80 congregations and the diocese is organized into six deaneries (a geographical group of parishes). The Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Southern Alameda deaneries cover their respective counties; the Peninsula Deanery consists of all of San Mateo County and a small portion of Santa Clara County.

DioCal congregations spread the Gospel in many languages. St. James, Oakland, and La Santísima Trinidad, Richmond, offer services in Spanish; El Buen Pastor (Redwood City) and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (San Francisco) are our Spanish-language congregations. Our Saviour, Oakland, True Sunshine and Incarnation in San Francisco serve Chinese-speaking congregants; Christ Church-Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco, serves Japanese-Americans;  Holy Child and St. Martin’s, Daly City, parish offers an Asian-American and Filipino ministry; and St. Peter's, Redwood City, serves the Fijian community.

DioCal embraces all kinds of worship. Church of the Advent, San Francisco, offers mass in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. At St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, congregants dance from one end of the church to the other. St. Clement’s, Berkeley, worships with the 1928 Prayer Book, while St. Augustine’s, Oakland, rejoices in the traditions of African-American music.

Campus ministries at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University support students as they grow in faith. At Cal Berkeley, the diocese offers a service learning community at Canterbury House, a residential program focused on social issues and intentional Christian community. Stanford’s Canterbury group, a combined Episcopal and Lutheran chaplaincy, welcomes all into its worship. Students at San Francisco State gather through EcHouse, an intentional ecumenical community.