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Bishop Chilton Knudsen became assisting bishop in the Diocese of Chicago in October 2021. Her responsibilities include congregational visitations, confirmations, ordinations, and pastoral care for the diocese’s clergy and staff. Read more about Bishop Chilton’s ministry in the diocese.

Bishop Chilton began her ordained ministry in the Diocese of Chicago. She graduated from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and was ordained a deacon by Bishop James Montgomery in 1980. In 1981, she was ordained a priest by Bishop Quintin Primo Jr. She served both St. Benedict’s, Bolingbrook and Church of Our Saviour, Elmhurst before joining Bishop Frank Griswold’s staff in 1987. In 1997, she was elected bishop of Maine, where she served from 1998-2008.

Since Bishop Chilton’s retirement, she has served as interim or assisting bishop in six additional dioceses, including the Diocese of Washington, where she worked closely with Bishop-elect Paula Clark, who continues to recover from the cerebral bleed she suffered in April.

Bishop Chilton will maintain her residence in Maryland while spending the majority of each month in Chicago. While she serves with us, the Standing Committee remains the ecclesiastical authority of the diocese.