The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Andrew Donnan Smith

Fourteenth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut: Suffragan, 1981-1993; Diocesan 1999-2009

Biographical/Historical Note:

Bishop Andrew Donnan Smith was born in Albany, New York in 1944, and attended public schools in North Plainfield, New Jersey. He received a B.A. in 1965 from Trinity College, Connecticut, and his Master of Divinity in 1968 from Episcopal Theological School (later Episcopal Divinity School) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was ordained priest in 1969 in the Diocese of Connecticut. He has served as curate at Trinity, Hartford from 1968-71; assistant at St. John's, Waterbury 1971-76; rector at St. Michael's, Naugatuck 1976-85 and rector at St. Mary's, Manchester 1985-96, all in Connecticut.

In October 1995, he was elected Bishop Suffragan and consecrated in May of 1996. In June 1999 Bishop Smith was elected Connecticut's Fourteenth Diocesan bishop, and became invested in the office on October 16, 1999. Andrew Smith received an honorary doctoral degree in October 2000 from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He has served on the Program, Budget and Finance Committee of The Episcopal Church; as a trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in New Haven; and was president of the Christian Conference of Connecticut, an ecumenical networking and advocacy organization comprised of the leaders of Christian judicatories in the state.

Areas of his Ministry included work in the areas of Title IV, where he developed “Safe Church Training” practices and diocesan pastoral response; nurture of clergy through programs and retreats, as well as defining polity and canonical authority.  As bishop, he strongly emphasized “God’s people on mission,” stewardship for support of the Church and its Mission, and Youth involvement in church and diocesan life.  Bishop Smith led pastorally, with his wife, Kate, who joined him in visiting parishes. With Kate, the “Bishop’s Run for Children” or the “Bishop’s 5K” was instituted as a way to raise donations for the Bishop’s Fund for Children, which assists programs for “at risk” children throughout Connecticut. Their mutual love of running the Manchester “Turkey Day” 5K helped to inspire this parish and family day filled with activities for children of all ages.

At the Lambeth Conference and other international meetings, Bishop Smith created very strong bonds with several African bishops. He traveled to their dioceses, and they were welcomed here in Connecticut on several occasions. These friendships recognized the commonality and the bonds of the Anglican Communion is people on mission.

Bishop Smith is married to Kate Carroll Trafford, a retired school media specialist-librarian. They have two adult daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, and two grandchildren. After serving temporarily as assistant Bishop of the Diocese New York, Bishop Smith has since retired in Connecticut, He enjoys hiking, and “geocaching” with his grandson.

Biographical Note by Sam McAdoo

Collection Summary:

Creator:  Smith Andrew Donnan, 1944-
Title and Citation: Smith, Andrew Donnan, 1944- , B.A., M.Div., Rt. Rev., Fourteenth Bishop of Connecticut, Courtesy of the Archives of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. This series is part of Record Group 1 – Diocesan Bishops, (RG1-A14)
Dates:    1995-2010 Bulk
Extent:   27.5 Cubic feet
Language:  English
Formats: Episcopal Acts, Manuscripts, documents, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts
Processed: Margaret Smith
Scope and Content Note: This record group details the personal and professional life of the Rt. Rev. Andrew Donnan Smith, fourteenth Bishop of Connecticut, his election and consecration, and Episcopal acts. The record group includes his early career, personal and professional correspondence, and involvement in civic activities, photographs, artifacts, educational and professional achievements, biographies, and literary publications, among other historical and cultural documents. These files also contain published papers and sermons that are available to the public with the Bishop’s permission.
Archival Note: Papers of the bishops are subject to the “70-year” rule, leaving them unavailable for 70 years beyond retirement, unless approved by the Bishop. The exceptions are public writings (under copyright) and the permission of the bishop.


Collection Inventory:

  • Box 1: Smith\ Election, Clergy, Convention, Camp Washington
  • Box 2: Smith\ Correspondence, General Convention, House of Bishops
  • Box 3: Smith\ Legal Matters & Sermons
  • Box 4: Smith\ CT-6 Controversy, Suffragan Acts, Photographs & Artifacts
  • Box 5: Smith\ Suffragan Consecrations, Ordinand Training Committees & Conferences
    • Transition Ministries
    • Postulants -- Ordination
    • Postulants Withdrawn
  • Box 6: Smith\ Convocation 2005, Same-sex marriage, Windsor Reports, Correspondence 2006-2009
  • Smith\ Artifacts
    • Smith\ Parish Files (sealed)\ Box 1: Ansonia - Danbury, St. James'
    • Smith\ Parish Files (sealed)\ Box 2: Danielson - Hartford, Grace
    • Smith\ Parish Files (sealed)\ Box 3: Hartford, St. James' - New Haven, St. Thomas'
    • Smith\ Parish Files (sealed)\ Box 4: New Haven, Trinity - Ridgefield, St. Stephen's
    • Smith\ Parish Files (sealed)\ Box 5: Riverside, St. Paul's - Wallingford, St. Paul's
    • Smith\ Parish Files (sealed)\ Box 6: Washington, St. John's - Woodbury, St. Paul's
    • Smith\ Clergy Files (sealed)\ Box 1: A- HA
    • Smith\ Clergy Files (sealed)\ Box 2: HA- PI
    • Smith\ Clergy Files (sealed)\ Box 3: PO - Z