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Who are your favorite fictional Episcopalians?

Who are your favorite fictional Episcopalians?

Here’s a topic for a Sunday night: who are your favorite fictional Episcopalians? The question came to me recently when I was reading The Darkest Mission, an espionage novel by an old college friend Rick Burton, who is now on the faculty at Syracuse University. The book is set during World War II, and an Episcopal priest plays a key role.

Make your nominations in the comments, and, if you are of a mind, talk a little bit about the role that the character’s faith plays in his or her life.

Let’s make a list.


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Robin Margolis

Two delightful dramedies (drama/comedies) about Anglican priests –“The Perpetual Curate” and “The Rector” — by Victorian novelist Margaret Oliphant.

These two novels belong to her series set in an imaginary town, Carlingford, England, where CofE Anglican clergy and lay people are primary characters.

The novels occur during the Tractarian movement era, when many parishes in UK and US became Anglo-Catholic.

Both novels can be downloaded for free from

Norris Battin

John Updike’s “A Month of Sundays”.


Surely Arthur Dent of Adams Hitchhiker’s Trilogy (all five books of it) was a member of the Church of England? And the lovely Trillian?

(And yes, Matthew, I do remember Zorak; but I missed that comment.)

Marshall Scott

Matthew Buterbaugh+

I don’t know if it was my favorite character, but does anybody remember Zorak from “Space Ghost, Coast to Coast”?

“Actually, I’m Episcopalian.”


I’ve just re-read John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” — the Episcopal church in “Gravesend” and some of its denizens play a huge role. The story of the Christmas pageant, regardless of any theological implications, is laugh-out-loud funny to me.

Sarah Ridgway

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