Meet Brian N. Prior, IX Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota

The Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior was elected IX Bishop of Minnesota at Diocesan Convention on Saturday, October 31, 2009. He was Ordained and Consecrated on February 13, 2010.

Before moving to Minnesota, Bishop Prior was the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Spokane, Washington for 14 years. He served as the Vice President of the House of Deputies. He received his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California in 1987. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from CDSP in October of 2014.

Bishop Prior has been married to Staci Hubbard Prior for more than 25 years. They have two college-aged sons.

Download “The Bishop is Coming” – an activity book for children preparing for Bishop Prior to visit their faith community.

Meet Bishop Brian N. Prior – part I

Meet Bishop Brian N. Prior – part II

What is a bishop?

The Episcopal Church takes its name from the Greek word episcopos, meaning overseer or governor.

Bishops in The Episcopal Church are considered to be successors to the Apostles through the laying-on of hands at their Ordination and Consecration. Bishops have the two-fold responsibility: the apostolic mission of the Church and the oversight of that mission within a given geographic area, the diocese.

All bishops are members of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church. Bishops confer Holy Orders upon deacons, priests, and other bishops, and administer the rite of Confirmation in addition to the usual priestly services. They also visit faith communities regularly, meet with the clergy, and preach the Word.

In Minnesota, the bishop also serves as board chair of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School and board chair of Breck School.

Gallery of Former Bishops of Minnesota

Henry Whipple
Samuel Edsall
Frank McElwain
Stephen Keeler
Hamilton Kellogg
Philip McNairy
Robert Anderson
James Jelinek