Did you know? (Sunday, April 24, 2022)

The word “suffragan” is from medieval Latin suffraganeus meaning “assistant (bishop).” As such, a Suffragan Bishop has no jurisdiction but performs episcopal functions for or on behalf of a Diocesan Bishop. Percival Gibson was our first Suffragan Bishop. Early Suffragan Bishops include Benjamin Vaughn and Neville deSouza. Our Diocese was divided into three regions in 1973 by Bishop John Cyril Swaby. In recent years, it has been customary for regions to be under the direct oversight of a Suffragan Bishop.