The Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon

Retired Episcopal Bishop of Washington, pro tempore

The Rt. Rev. Janes Holmes Dixon was consecrated in 1992 as Suffragan Bishop of he Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She is the second woman to take the office of bishop in the Episcopal Church, and the third in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

On January 1, 2001, she assumed ecclesiastical authority for the diocese when Bishop Ronald H. Haines retired. She became the Bishop of Washington pro tempore. In that capacity, Bishop Dixon oversees the 94 congregations of the diocese, which includes the District of Columbia and four counties in Maryland. She is chair, president, and CEO of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation.

Dixon attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. She was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1993, also from Virginia Theological Seminary.

In her first position as Associate Rector at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke, VA, she was the first ordained woman to serve that congregation. As rector, her emphasis was on outreach, growth, diversity, stewardship and justice issues.

Bishop Dixon has been selected three times by Washingtonian magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in the Washington metropolitan area. In January 2002, she was named a Washingtonian of the Year.

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