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

The Standing Committee

The Standing Committee has several functions.  It acts as the Bishop's Council of Advice (Article VII.2);  approves actions that encumber real property/equipment of the church; approves indebtedness for current expenses in excess of 20% of the previous year’s receipts for current expenses; approves requests to elect bishops; approves the election of bishops; and, approves candidates for Holy Orders. It is composed of four lay and four clerical members. The Standing Committee serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority in the absence of a bishop.

Please direct all questions to the Standing Committee to its president, Ms. Sarah Peters.



Name Role Details Term Contact
Sarah Peters President Elected 2015 to 2019
The Revd Michael Hartney Secretary Elected
2014 to 2018
Lois Giess Elected 2014 to 2018
The Rev. Richard Hamlin Elected 2015 to 2019
The Rev. Virginia Mazzarella Elected
Elected to complete unfulfilled term
2015 to 2017
Christopher Moore Elected 2013 to 2017
The Rev. Robert Picken Elected 2016 to 2020
Susan Woodhouse Elected 2017 to 2020

Meeting Minutes