Another day at ECCT

A journal record from 1790Mural depicting the Consecration of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Seabury


Incorporation of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.). This organization emerged from earlier Bible and Common Prayer Book societies associated with the colonial Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (S.P.G.)

The Seal of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge

The Missionary Society’s Origins

Incorporation of the Missionary Society of the Diocese of CT, which acts as the central organizational body for the authorization of diocesan mission work, essentially replacing by name and taking up the work of the earlier SPCK and SPG.

Seal of the Diocese of Connecticut

A Hint of What’s To Come

Diocesan Convention adopted the canon to establish and organize six archdeaconries to better fulfill it’s missionary work throughout the state. The original CT archdeaconries included one each for Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield, and Middlesex Counties, and one for Hartford and Tolland, and one for New London and Windham. This canon has been amended repeatedly and boundaries have shifted over the years, but the concept of these regional mission divisions presently continues today through the vision of the Taskforce for Reimagining the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (TREC-CT).

Mission in Connecticut from 1936

Our Cathedral is Born

Christ Church in Hartford officially is chartered as the Diocesan Cathedral, with its consecration taking place in 1920 along with the institution of the cathedral’s first Dean, The Very Reverend Samuel Colladay. These events also celebrated the centennial anniversary of the consecration of The Right Reverend Thomas Church Brownell, Third Diocesan Bishop of Connecticut.

Our Cathedral in the 1920s

Glebe House Preserved

With the incorporation of the Seabury Society for the Preservation of the Glebe House, a national endowment was established to preserve the old rectory or “Glebe House” in Woodbury, CT, where clergy members initially met to elect Samuel Seabury as the first bishop of Connecticut and the American colonies in 1783.

Glebe House Exterior