By virtue of Baptism, all members of the Church are called to holiness of life and accountability to one another. The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester supports its members in their life in Christ and seeks to resolve conflicts by promoting healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among all involved or affected. Title IV of the Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church applies to Members of the Clergy, who have by their vows at ordination accepted additional responsibilities and accountabilities for doctrine, discipline, worship and obedience.
VIDEO - "Understanding Title IV"
If you are concerned that a member of the clergy has committed an offense as defined by Title IV, you are encouraged to report that concern directly to the Intake Officer of the Diocese, who independently evaluates such complaints.
The Intake Officer receives complaints about the behavior of clergy and independently evaluates the appropriate course of action. When he/she deems it appropriate, the Intake Officer can and does refer cases to the Diocesan Disciplinary Board or to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Any person knowing or reasonably believing an offense may have been committed by a member of clergy is encouraged to make such complaint known to an Intake Officer.
Violation of Canon Law: Disciplinary Board
The Disciplinary Board is charged with implementing a multi-level resolution process and, if necessary, hearing cases related to the violation of Canon Law (non-criminal) within the church. See the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester's Constitution & Canons, as well as this summary and training presentation about Title IV.
Members of the Disciplinary Board are elected by the Convention. Each member shall serve a three year term; except, if a member is elected to fill a vacancy, the term of such member shall be the unexpired term of the member being replaced. The terms of the members shall commence immediately following election. The terms of office of the Disciplinary Board shall be staggered and arranged into three classes. The first class shall consist of two members (one Clergy, one Lay), the second class shall consist of two (members (one Clergy, one Lay), and the third class shall consist of three members (two Clergy, one Lay).
|Rev. Deborah Duguid-May||Elected||2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rev. Richard Krapf||Elected||2017 to email@example.com|
|Nina Johnson||Elected||2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rev. Cn. Dr. Denise Yarbrough Esq||President||Elected||2018 to email@example.com|
|Harry Merryman||Elected||2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rev. Richard Hamlin||Elected||2019 to email@example.com|
|Catherine Cerulli||Elected||2019 to 2022||Catherine_Cerulli@URMC.Rochester.edu|