The Search for Our 11th Bishop

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Central New York has announced a slate of four candidates for the position of 11th bishop of the Diocese, succeeding the Right Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams, who is retiring. 

The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe (Rector, St. Peter's in the Woods Episcopal Church; Fairfax Station, Virginia

The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger (Canon for Transition Ministries and Leadership Development, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis; Indianapolis, Indiana)

The Rev. Noah H. Evans (Rector, Grace Episcopal Church; Medford, Massachusetts)

The Rev. Nora Smith (Rector, The Church of St. Barnabas (Episcopal); Irvington, New York)

Please visit the Bishop Search and Transition Website to view our candidates' biographical statements and answers to key questions. 


Please save the date for our Bishop Search candidate "walkabouts"!  

Candidates will engage in a series of meet-and-greet sessions, called "walkabouts," at four locations in the Diocese. Walkabouts allow members of the Diocese to learn more about the candidates.


Please mark your calendars and plan to attend at least one walkabout:

  • Wednesday, July 20, 6:00-9:30 p.m., at Trinity Church in Watertown
  • Thursday, July 21, 6:00-9:30 p.m., at Saints Peter & John Church in Auburn
  • Friday, July 22, 6:00-9:30 p.m., at St. John's Church in Oneida
  • Saturday, July 23, 1-4:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Church in Owego

Thank you for your continued prayers for the nominees, the Search & Transition Committee, and all members of our Diocese as we pray and discern.

For more information about the Search for the Eleventh Bishop of Central New York, please visit the 
Bishop Search and Transition website.

Image: by VisitFingerLakes (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mission of Miracles 

The team for the thirteenth Mission of Miracles medical mission (Feb. 6–14) treated 1,029 patients in five different villages. The video below was created by Ms. Jordan Dunaway-Barlow, a Manlius high school student who volunteered with the team.  The Mission of Miracles is part of our Companion Diocese relationship with El Salvador



"Remain Steadfast in God’s Hope"

Bishop Skip's Response to the Anglican Primates' Decision to Censure The Episcopal Church

"...We, the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, will continue to embrace our baptismal promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” As we believe everyone is made in God’s image, we will continue to work to be a faith community that offers God’s radical hospitality to all, assures everyone of God’s loving embrace, and supports relationships lived in fidelity to God and one another, no matter one’s sexual orientation.  All leadership positions of this Church remain open to all who seek the Way of Jesus." [Read the full letter...]


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Safe Church Trainings

Free Safe Church workshops are intended for all people who serve in our parishes (paid staff, parishioners and volunteers), especially those in leadership positions, those working with children, and those who make Eucharistic or pastoral visits.


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Worship Leader Training

A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship in a congregation or community of faith. Worship Leaders serve under the direction of the clergyperson or other leader who oversees that congregation or community of faith.


This half-day workshop fulfills the training requirements to become a licensed Worship Leader. This training also fulfills the training requirements for Independent Worship Leaders wishing to renew a license. 


More information about the ministry of Worship Leaders, and detailed licensing requirements, is available here. Contact the Rev. Kathlyn Schofield at the Episcopal Church of Saints Peter & John in Auburn with any questions. Office phone is (315) 252-5721.


Where: St David's Episcopal Church (DeWitt) - 14 Jamar Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066


When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


To Register: Cost of the workshop is $10. Please register and pay online here. (Note: The Diocese of Central New York is trying out a new event registration system. Thank you for your patience! Questions and feedback about online registration may be directed to Debbie Nettle at or (315) 474-6596.) 


Youth Pilgrimage to El Salvador

Youth Pilgrims in El Salvador

July 1320, 2016


Build relationships with Episcopal youth and children of another culture.

Crash course in the Salvadoran civil war, liberation theology, poverty, health care, economics and education.

Spend some hours in craft projects with little kids  they never have this experience.

Go to the beach and the mountains.

And maybe change your life forever.



Click here for more information.



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