The Right Reverend Matthew F. Heyd

The Installation of The Right Reverend Bishop Heyd

XVII Bishop of New York

Bishop Heyd was installed as the 17th Bishop of New York on February 10, 2024 at the Cathedral.

He was elected by the clergy and lay representatives of the parishes of the diocese at a special election convention held at the Cathedral on December 3, 2022, and consecrated a Bishop in May 20, 2023. From then until February 10, 2024, he served as Bishop Coadjutor alongside Bishop Dietsche, the 16th Bishop.

Since his consecration as bishop coadjutor, Bishop Heyd has worked towards expanding the Episcopal Diocese’s commitment to reparations for slavery, launching its diocesan credit union, and greening its buildings. He has also been a leading voice among a group of religious leaders and housing advocates proposing housing more asylum seekers in their churches.

Among Bishop Heyd’s previous roles are rector of Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan, director of Faith in Action at Trinity Church Wall Street, and founding board chair of the Community Learning School initiative in New York City. He is vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for Episcopal Divinity School.

Bishop Heyd helped launch Episcopal Charities in the Diocese of New York in 1995. He worked with the family of Martin Luther King Jr. on a program to help students celebrate the King National Holiday with service.

Bishop Heyd was a Morehead Scholar and student body president at the University of North Carolina. He holds a Master of Arts in religion summa cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Sacred Theology from The General Theological Seminary.

The Diocese

The Episcopal Diocese of New York encompasses 192 worshipping communities in the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island in New York City; and the New York counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. The Diocese has approximately 50,000 members, 500 canonically resident priests, 60 priests who are licensed to officiate in this diocese, 70 deacons, and 35 lay and ordained staff members.

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