Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
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Philadelphia 11 Reunion / One Priest from our Diocese

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Up until the early seventies, some in The Episcopal Church struggled with the idea of ordaining women as priests.  Eventually, an ordination service was held on Monday, July 29, 1974, called The Feast of Saints Mary and Martha, at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, where eleven women serving as deacons presented themselves to be ordained them as priests. These women became be known as the “Philadelphia Eleven.”  One of them, Merrill Bittner served as a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.

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Bishop Singh’s Homily at the 151st Diocesan Convention of Central NY

Friday, November 22, 2019

“Be genuine.” Bishop Prince Singh’s Homily at the 151st Diocesan Convention OF Cental NY

Homily preached by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Prince Singh, Eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, at the 151st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool, New York.

Scriptures: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10 (Proper 26C)


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Partnering with Catholic Charities + video

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, NY hosts Catholic Charities and their Turning Point monthly food truck.  Turning Point feeds over 100 households in Steuben County, which has a poverty rate of 15 percent.  Catholic Charities is grateful for the partnerships with St. Thomas, Foodlink and even the U.S. Navy to help curb the effects of poverty.  Click the video box to watch these partnerships in action.

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Mass of the Beloved

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Very Rev. William Daniel Jr., Ph.D. of St. Michaels Geneseo offered some wonderful music at our recent 88th Convention.  Here is a clip of the Mass of the Beloved, adapt. William Daniel and Ted Canning.  Enjoy!



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Nominees for clergy to serve on the Province II Council being accepted

Thursday, November 7, 2019

[November 2019] Nominees for clergy to serve an unexpired term on the Province II Council of the Episcopal Church are now being accepted. 


The Rev. Dahn Gandell, Province II president, noted, “There currently exists a vacancy for the clergy representative on Provincial Council.  I invite clergy interested in serving for the unexpired term to contact me.”

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Ordination of Elizabeth Harden

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

St. Luke's Brockport celebrated the Ordination of Elizabeth Brooks Harden to the Sacred Order of Priests.  Rev. Harden was Ordained by The Right Reverend Scott B. Hayashi, Eleventh Bishop of Utah, and Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh was the Host and Receiving Bishop.  Welcome Rev. Harden, Priest in Charge at St. Luke's Brockport!

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