Bishop of Washington and Standing Member of the Executive Committee, Washington National Cathedral
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde is the spiritual leader of 45,000 Episcopalians in 89 congregations and 20 Episcopal schools in the District of Columbia and four Maryland counties--Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and St. Mary’s. The first woman elected to this position, she also serves as the chair and president of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the ministries of the Washington National Cathedral and three Cathedral schools.
A passionate believer in the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Budde is committed to the revitalization and growth of the congregations and core ministries of the diocese. Her priority is to develop and strengthen collaborative models of ministry to meet the needs of a changing world.
Bishop Budde was consecrated as the ninth bishop of Washington in November 2011. Prior to her election, she served for 18 years as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis.
She earned a B.A. in history at the University of Rochester, graduating magna cum laude. She earned both her Masters in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary. Her sermons have been published in several books and journals and she is the author of Gathering the Fragments: Preaching as Spiritual Practice, published in 2007. She blogs at Gathering Up the Fragments.
Bishop Budde and her husband, Paul, have two adult sons, Amos and Patrick.