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

Bishop's Writings

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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President Designates Churches "Essential"

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


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COVID Task Force

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Dear friends,
Greetings on the Feast of the Ascension! Yesterday, our Governor made an announcement moving congregational “reopening” to today, with a limit of ten people, and masked while observing physical distancing. The truth is that we are not prepared to regather right now. As Jesus reminded the disciples before ascending, READ MORE

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