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"
For more information about Title IV, read this summary or view a training presentation.
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.
The Rev. Lance Robbins
The Rev. Lance D. Robbins was the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Missouri before becoming rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in 1991. He is currently a member of Diocesan Council and has previously served as Deputy to General Convention, as Dean of the Monroe District, and served several terms on the Commission on Ministry.
The Rev. Mary Ann Brody
The Rev. Mary Ann Brody has been a priest in the diocese of Rochester since 2006. She is an ACPE Certified Educator and Executive Director of Crossroads of Caring, Inc., a nonprofit serving western and central New York. Their mission is to provide Spiritual Care Education for volunteers and professionals, and to promote spiritual wellness in communities. Prior to starting Crossroads of Caring, Mary Ann was rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for nine years and worked three and a half years at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor.
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. Richard Krapf||Elected
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|Rev. Cn. Dr. Denise Yarbrough Esq||President||Elected||2021 to email@example.com|
|Very Rev. Gretchen Ratterree||Elected
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