Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Bishop's Writings

Mrs. Eileen Denise Yarbrough

Friday, June 19, 2015

I write with deep sadness to inform you of the death of Mrs. Eileen Denise Yarbrough on June 17, 2015. Mrs. Yarbrough is survived by her husband, John Yarbrough; daughter, the Rev. Canon Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough; and grandchildren, Bonnie Turner and Robert Turner.

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Prayer for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

We grieve with our beloved sisters and brothers who were brutally killed in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the nation's oldest black churches, on Wednesday evening. I invite you to pause, reflect, pray and act peaceably to overcome all manifestations of violence. Let us pray:

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Mr. Crocker Curtis

Friday, June 12, 2015

I write with deep sadness to inform you of the death of Mr. Crocker Curtis on June 12, 2015. Crocker was the beloved husband of the Rev. Sandra Curtis. Crocker is also survived by his daughter Sarah and son Walker.

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Recent Reports & the State of the Diocese

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I am happy to tell you that in 2014 we recorded the lowest decline of average Sunday attendance over the last fifteen years – just 1%. Three of our five Districts had positive growth last year, and many of our 31 smallest parishes (Family size churches) also had modest growth. Let me give you a little background of our journey in this part of God’s vineyard.

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