This gargoyle features a bishop wearing a stole and holding a crozier (shepherd’s staff) in his right hand while a large bell swings from his left. Beside him is an inkwell and quill.
The donor was a wife who gave the gargoyle in honor of her husband, who was nicknamed “Bishop” and was the editor and publisher of a religious newspaper. The gargoyle was designed by Constantine Seferlis and carved by Vincent Palumbo in 1976-77.
The Bishop is one of 112 gargoyles and grotesques across the Cathedral, which act as water spouts to divert water away from the building. Gargoyles carry away excess water via pipe running through their mouths; grotesques deflect rainwater by bouncing it off the top of their heads, noses or other fanciful body parts. They are often (but not always) carved in the form of fantastic or imaginary animals or humans.