Institutions - Episcopal Diocese of San Diego Institutions - Episcopal Diocese of San Diego


Institutions of the diocese are programs or services that have a significant presence in our ministry through the participation of clergy, churches, or individuals. Many of these institutions receive significant funding from our diocese each year.

All Saints’ Cemetery Association

Next to Heritage Park and the Mission San Luis Rey is the historic Episcopal All Saints Cemetery, founded in 1888. It is located at 200 Peyri Road, Oceanside, CA 92054. For inquiries, please contact Colonel James Harper: 760-729-2078.

The Bishop’s School

As an independent, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve, Bishop’s believes that certain skills, knowledge and the ability to reason are necessary to meet the demands of a college education and to benefit from it. Founded in 1909, the School’s affiliation with the Episcopal Church reflects the belief that knowledge combined with a spiritual awareness better enables students to function as caring, effective adults in today’s world. At Bishop’s, the focus is on developing the whole person.

Camp Stevens

A peaceful place apart, this 256 acre retreat center near the former gold mining town of Julian is open for church groups, individuals, classes, fellowship groups and more for week-long or weekend retreats. An institution of this diocese for over 50 years, it serves as a model of ecological responsibility and helps us reclaim active stewardship of God’s creation. Programs range from contemplative adult retreats to ecological awareness training for youth; or you may create your own program with the help of experienced staff who can help with team-building, day hikes, ropes courses and more.

Episcopal Community Services

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) was founded in 1927 as the outreach arm of the Diocese of San Diego. Our long-standing mission of serving God by serving those in need through programs that foster hope, dignity, and independence is fulfilled by compassionate churches, generous donors and faithful volunteers to improve the lives of thousands of children and adults every day.

Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is part of a worldwide network of chaplains, lay staff, and volunteers working for the welfare of seafarers of all races and creeds in over 300 ports. For specific information about this ministry and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Port Chaplain: the Rev. Robert Crafts, MD, Captain, Medical Corps, US Navy, retired.


San Diego hosts almost 3500 Sudanese refugees, mainly from the Dinka, Nuer, Bari and Equatorial tribal areas of the Sudan, but also from Myanmar/Burma, Iraq, and other places. RefugeeNet supports refugees as they arrive under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), the U.S. Department of State and the receiving agencies. The network helps refugees in acquiring food stamps and social security cards, enrolling in school and medical programs, obtaining driver’s licenses, learning English and more. Important parts of the program are the provision of household goods and furniture to arriving families.

Vida Joven

Vida Joven is a safe and loving orphanage for abandoned, abused, and neglected children in Tijuana, Mexico. For almost thirty years, children lived with their incarcerated parents in La Mesa prison in Tijuana, Mexico. Inside the overcrowded and violent prison, children witnessed and experienced horrific things. In response to this reality, a group of Southern Californians envisioned an alternative: a safe home near the prison where children could live in peace until their parents’ release. In 1996, that home–Vida Joven–was born. Today, Vida Joven continues to be a safe and loving home for particularly vulnerable children. Vida Joven has become, over time, a home for abandoned, abused, and neglected children. Looking to the future, Vida Joven will continue in its mission to love, protect, and educate children who need a safe and loving home.