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

Bishop's Writings

Mission Home Run for Jesus

Thursday, July 16, 2020


One of the clearest teachings of Jesus that transcends religious and other categories of reality is when he identified with the outcasts of his time. “...just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 24:40. 

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A Call to Read, Watch and Pray

Friday, June 19, 2020


Dear saints,

I pray that you and yours are well this Juneteenth. I have been asking us to watch and pray. I now call upon you to do so by considering a diocesan wide sacramental journey to engage our baptismal identity as a Eucharistic community. Let me describe this call first and then explain why.  READ MORE HERE

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Greetings of Pentecost

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dear saints,

Greetings of Pentecost, when the Spirit of God breathed a church—a brand-new creation—into being!

Grateful for your thoughtful engagement and paths forward in planning for hybrid forms of gathering as congregations. Vestries, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for not rushing into things just because we can. Discretion is the better part of valor. 

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How many deaths will it take?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

I respect the Office of the President and do not intend my piece to be disrespectful of that revered office. In fact, it is because I value it so that I feel compelled to address this as a citizen of this land, which we have called our home. I also say this as a Bishop in the Church since that is my vocation to teach and redirect. I am sorry if my teaching is offensive to anybody for any reason.

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