Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Convention 86

 "Growing Together and Strengthening our Bonds of Affection in these Challenging Times" 


Saturday - October 28, 2017 

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Student Union (Davis Room)


Convention Pre-Registration

Delegates deadline - Sept.15th

Guests deadline - Oct.1st


Required Pre-Convention Reading for Delegates

Delegates, we have streamlined the business portion of convention to give time for some interactive activities.

Please pre-read to prepare for convention.

Click on "more" below for required reading documents.

Check back frequently for additional readings.

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NEW (2) Diocesan Pre-Convention Meetings

ATTENTION DELEGATES - Important changes to pre-convention district meetings:

"NEW for 2017" (2) Diocesan Pre-Convention Meetings (These are not district meetings. Fall district meeting schedules to be announced) 

Convention 86 information will not be presented at district meetings by Diocesan staff. 

Delegates, please attend one of the meetings listed below. 
October 11th  - St. Peter's Dansville

6:00-6:30 - potluck
6:30-8:30 - meeting

October 12th - St. Peter's Henrietta

6:00-6:30 - potluck
6:30-8:30 - meeting

Meeting topics include (but not limited to):

  • Meet the nominees for elective offices
  • Convention Logistics 
  • Overview of NEW streamlined Convention Agenda
  • 2018 Proposed Budget 
  • Resolutions (submitted and reviewed by resolution committee according to the timelines in the canons)
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Convention Pre-Registration

Friday October 27th - Special Event

Dinner & Fellowship

Cost: $30 per person (Attendance is not required for convention delegates)

Cash Bar - 5pm

Dinner - 6pm

Hilton's Double Tree Hotel

1111 Jefferson Road, Henrietta

REGISTER for Dinner & PAY ONLINE HERE (Deadline Oct. 22nd)


Need a hotel room Friday night? 

Hilton's Double Tree
1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 
Group rate - $119.00 (does not include breakfast, continental available 7-8am at RIT)
Deadline for hotel overnight reservations – 9/27/17
Number to call – 585-475-1510
Information – We have a block of 30 rooms at this special rate.  Delegates should call the hotel directly and give the Code: EDR for the special rate (max (4) occupants per room).   
Don't forget to bring your tax-exempt form at check-in.



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A Message to Delegates from Bishop Singh


Dear friends,

Summer greetings! Hope you and your loved ones are well and planning for some fun-filled times of refreshment, either at home or away. Please read this entire letter as it contains changes in how we will gather and prepare for our Convention this fall! 


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Meet the Nominees

Standing Committee (Elect 1 Clergy)

The Rev. Cameron Miller   

Geneva, Trinity Church   

I have served urban, suburban, rural, and university parishes in five diocese under eight bishops and lived to tell about it. In addition to listening openly to everyone involved in the conversation, I would bring a broad perspective to the work, and share it liberally when and where appropriate - even at times when some may think it inappropriate. In other words, I will be fully present, earnestly work toward fearless openness, and add my unvarnished voice to each decision.


Standing Committee (Elect 1 Lay)

Mr. Thomas Fogg

Pittsford, Christ Church 

As a member of Christ Church Pittsford since 1991, I have served the parish on the Welcoming Committee, as an usher, a lay reader, and in the choir. I have served on the vestry and two terms as Warden, during which we recruited a new rector and transitioned the parish from one wonderful leader to another. My long, broad experience with Christ Church will enable me to provide sound advice and counsel to our Bishop.




Dr. Carolyn Mok

Rochester, St. Thomas 

I would be honored to serve the diocese by participating in the Standing Committee. I believe my work on the diocesan Peace and Justice Commission, Public Policy Committee,Commission on Ministry and Diocesan Council would give the breadth of knowledge and experience to deal with the complex issues that come before the Standing Committee as the Council of Advice to the Bishop.


Trustees (Elect 3 Clergy or Lay)

 Dr. Carl D'Angio

Henrietta, St. Peter's 

I'm a cradle Episcopalian with a long history of parish financial service as vestry member, warden and finance commission member.  As chief of a large medical center division, I manage a several million dollar budget and oversee a large gift fund.  I originated controls to assure that gift monies are being used consistent with donors’ wishes.  This unique combination of stewardship of both church and philanthropic funds qualifies me for the position of trustee.


Mr. Scott Seabridge

Penfield, Incarnation

At Incarnation I have been Warden and on Vestry. I currently Count, Usher (Head Usher), teach Confirmation class, and on Stewardship Committee.In the Diocese, I have been on council for 5 years, was Budget Chair for 4 years, and co-chaired the Mission Grants Committee one year. I have been a Board of Directors member for Western Empire Volleyball Association (including President) and participate on the Budget Committee.


The Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith

Honeoye Falls, St. John's Church

I have a strong corporate background in strategic planning, including complex projects related to development and redevelopment of property, mergers, acquisitions, and various types of organizational affiliations. I have worked on organizational closures and integration projects.  My extensive governance experience includes long range budget forecasting, debt management, pensions, and endowments.  I believe my background would be helpful in managing the Diocesan assets.


Mr. Charles Zettek

Rochester, St. Stephen's 

Charlie Zettek is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of St. Stephen's since 1970.  He has served on the Vestry many times over the last 40 years and as Treasurer from 2010 to the present.  Charlie was elected as a Diocesan Trustee in 2014.  He has chaired the Audit Committee and strongly supports making  Diocesan financial records  open and transparent so that everyone understands what assets and obligations we share as a diocese.


Diocesan Council (Elect 3 Clergy-at-Large)

The Rev. Dan Burner

Penn Yan, St. Mark's Church 

It has been my honor to serve on Diocesan Council for the past two years. My role on Council is a rewarding and meaningful way to serve the Diocese. Prior to ordination to the priesthood, I had significant experience in the functional areas of Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, and Finance. Beyond a Bachelor's degree, I also earned an MBA and my MDiv. Experience in a variety of industries, including Public Accounting, Publishing, Retail, Banking, Insurance, and Financial Consulting gives me a unique set of skills and experiences that can benefit a deliberative body.  More important than my skills and experience, the decisions of Council require prayerful consideration in seeking to further God's Kingdom.


The Rev. Billy Daniel

Geneseo, St. Michael's Church 

I have served on Diocesan Council for the past two years. I have learned much about the faithfulness of our Diocese and it would be my privilege to continue in service on Council. As I have done so, I will continue to ask good questions, advocate for and encourage growth in our churches and Diocese, as well as provide faithful levity when needed.


The Rev. Catherine Tatem

Henrietta, St. Peter's Church 

With a background of both business and clergy experience, I feel that I can make a positive contribution to the work of the Diocese. I served a prior term on Council and am ready to re-engage in this way.and I have had a Sunday Supper team for over 20 years.  Now that I am retired I believe I have a lot I could offer at the diocesan level and would love to help make a difference.


Commission on Ministry (Elect 2 Clergy)

The Rev. Krista Cameron

Brockport, St. Luke 

After serving one three year term already,  I feel I have a good understanding of the process and procedures of the COM.  With my 21+ years in ministries in various capacities and in four dioceses,  I would continue to bring a variety of experiences to the table.  As Christians, discerning the unique calling of each person is a particular interest and ministry of mine. I enjoy the collaborative leadership of the COM and the interaction with potential candidates and their spiritual journeys. It would be an honor to serve on this committee. Thank you.


The Rev. Keith Patterson

Rochester, St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene 

“Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” [Hebrews 2:18] I take comfort in this bit of scripture.  Anyone discerning a role in ministry be it lay, diaconal, or priestly will need all the support and encouragement they can get.  My deep listening skills, non-anxious presence, and empathy acquired in training to be a certified healthcare chaplain will be an asset to the COM.


Commission on Ministry (Elect 3 Lay)

Elizabeth (Jill) Daddis

Webster, Church of the Good Shepherd 

"I have been involved with the Episcopal Church since birth.  Growing up, I was involved in Sunday School, Teen Group, Bell Choir and Junior Choir.  I watched my parents serve via Altar Guild, Fellowship event, Vestry, and Diocesan Council - for my father.  I have been a member of The church of the Good Shepherd for 19 years.  In that time, I served on Vestry for two terms,ran fellowship during my first Vestry term, served as junior warden and am currently warden.  I am a delegate to Convention for Good Shepherd. I am a 2017 EFM graduate which has been a life changing experience for me.  I am interested in working with and supporting individuals who have been called to the diaconate and/or priesthood process.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and have been employed for Xerox for 32 years.I have many years of management experience and am currently General Manager, Office Solutions, SW.  I am married with one son who now works in Texas.  I have three cherished "furry footed" children."


Dr. Robert Ferris

Rochester, St. Thomas 

Since appointment to the COM in 2014, it has been my privilege to accompany any number of gifted nominees on their journey towards ordination. The strengths of those recently ordained, and those currently “in the process,” hold great promise for the future of our Diocese. If elected, I will bring a commitment to encouraging all ministers of the Church: lay and ordained—and especially those exploring a call to Holy Orders—as we each discern how best to live into our Baptismal Covenant.


Ms. Ellen Ralston

Webster, Church of the Good Shepherd

I was nominated for this office after completing EFM at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. I have been an Episcopalian in this diocese my entire life. I've regularly attended services at The Church of the Incarnation as a child, Christ Church Downtown as a young adult and Good Shepherd for the last 20 years. I've brought my three boys up in the Episcopal faith, volunteered for numerous events and served in the vestry at GS in addition to being the warden in 2013-2014. My heart fills with my desire to serve. My faith has grown in the peace of our Lord and this Episcopal community. I pray this qualifies me to serve on the Commission on Ministry. Thank you for considering me.



Ms. Laura Lee Rosato

Webster, Church of the Good Shepherd 

Growing up the daughter of a parish (later cathedral) secretary, I had the distinct privilege of seeing and knowing clergy from a different vantage point than the pew bench. As an adult, I am involved in Fellowship (coffee hour, receptions, etc.), Sunday School, and just graduated from EfM; I continue to learn and grow in my awareness of how complex and challenging ordained ministry truly is.  I have had the honor of seeing several friends ordained, and am blessed to have been one of the sponsors when my brother-in-law was ordained.


Disciplinary Board (Elect 2 Clergy)

The Rev. Deborah Duguid-May

Greece, Trinity Church 

I have been a priest for 20 years, and during that time have accompanied many people who have found themselves in difficult situations.  I am compassionate but truthful. I believe in speaking the truth in love.  I love the church and its people and believe that we are called to be people of integrity and ethics, and when we do not live up to this it weakens the whole community.


The Rev. Richard Karpf

Bloomfield, St. Peter's Church 

I am a vocational deacon, currently serving at St. Peter's in Bloomfield. My primary ministry is the Hands of Hope Kitchen, a feeding program operating from the Bloomfield Fire Department. I live with my family in Canandaigua, where I continue to work as an architect managing my own firm. I've  served on the Commission on Ministry for two terms, which was very rewarding. I'm pleased to have been nominated to the Disciplinary Committee and look forward to the opportunity to serve the diocese in that capacity, where I hope to contribute a strong sense of fairness and justice to that role.


Disciplinary Board (Elect 1 Lay)

Ms. Beth French

Geneva, Trinity Church 

I am currently one of the wardens of Trinity, Geneva. We are in the process of guiding our congregation through some challenges over the course of the next several months. I am also committed to sustaining and preserving the integrity of the Episcopal Church. I have worked in the medical field and know how important it is to maintain confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information.


Ms. Nina Whitlow Johnson

Scottsville, Grace Church 

I am a life long member of Grace Church Scottsville.  I worked some 30 plus years at Eastman Kodak Company, starting in Key Punch ending as Passport & Visa Specialist.  I went back to MCC completed by studies graduated with distinction in 2008, just before my 60th birthday.  I am on leave from AKOMA, an African American Women's Gospel Choir, who minister through song (21 years).  I volunteer for the Ronald MacDonald Household Sale (7 years).  I am currently employed at Rush Henrietta Central School (7 years).  I reside in West Henrietta with my husband of 44 years and have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren.


Provisional Deputies to General Convention (Elect 4 Clergy)

The Rev. Billy Daniel

Geneseo, St. Michael's Church 

It would be my privilege to serve as a Provisional Deputy to Convention. Having served the Church in numerous capacities, I have the ability to represent the needs of the churches in our Diocese, as well as communicate the deliberations of the Wider Church to the people of our Diocese. In this season of our life together, listening is imperative. If selected, I would listen faithfully and speak truthfully, for the sake of Christ.


The Rev. Michael Hartney


A Deputy/Provisional Deputy to General Convention should be an experienced person who knows the Diocese of Rochester and The Episcopal Church.  I have that experience.  I have been ordained more than forty years and have spent a quarter of them in the Diocese of Rochester.  I have attended many previous General Conventions as a Visitor, Exhibitor, Legislative Aide, Deputy and Provisional Deputy.  I know our Church and can represent the Diocese of Rochester well.


The Rev'd. Canon Robert Picken

Rochester, St. Paul's 

Presently the Rector of St. Paul’s in Rochester, I have served both a small urban parish and a cathedral.  I am on the Board of Directors of ESLC and the Standing Committee and have served in different leadership capacities in the Church.  GC2015 addressed re-structuring and the vital work of evangelism.  If elected, I look forward to working with others to build on that momentum, making TEC more able to proclaim Christ to a rapidly changing world, while maintaining our unique traditions.


Provisional Deputies to General Convention (Elect 4 Lay)

Ms. Susan Hartney

Geneva, Trinity 

As a cradle Episcopalian I have been active in the Church all of my life.  I have been a Provisional Deputy and a Deputy to previous General Conventions.  That experience has taught me that you have to know our church well in order to vote on the varied issues that are considered: ministry, budgets, elections, social issues, church growth, and stewardship.  The learning curve was steep and I am ready to serve the Diocese again.

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First Draft Budget 2018


Cover Letter: Proposed 2018 Diocesan Budget

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

To: Wardens, Treasurers and Convention Delegates

From: Diocesan Council

CC: Trustees, Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry, District Deans, HR Committee

RE: First Draft 2018 Diocesan Budget


Budget Documents:

Office presentation icon 1st Draft 2018 Budget (All Exhibits)586 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #1214.22 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #225.5 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #380.82 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #486.98 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #542.28 KB
PDF icon Exhibits #6-8133.69 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #9-1177.96 KB
PDF icon Exhibit #12838.54 KB

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