In Prov 2 - December 2018
News of the Province
Communications on the rise
Province II is currently embarking on new initiatives, focusing on rebuilding, rebranding, refocusing, and reimaging. There’s a newly formed Communications Committee taking a close look at social media, website, and other communications vehicles. In addition to revamping the Provincial website, the committee will be enhancing all social media activities for our Province including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Plus, keep your eye out for a new logo! 

Translations of materials
Province II is making a concentrated effort to translate materials into the languages of our congregations. The Province is developing a list of volunteers who may be able to assist with translations services. Can you help us in this important work? Send a note to Neva Rae Fox at – she welcomes all your help. 

Building Beloved Community
Here’s an important note from Brian Romero: The Episcopal Church Executive Council’s Committee on Anti-Racism and Reconciliation offers a reminder that diocesan anti-racism/racial awareness training should utilize the framework and curriculum of Building Beloved Community. Here’s the link for more information on Building Beloved Community. 
Questions – contact Brian at

Many thanks to Neva Rae Fox, who is assisting Province II with communications!
At its October meeting, Executive Council added three at-large members to the Executive Committee, one of whom is from Province II, Rose Sconiers of the Diocese of Western New York

After a presentation to Executive Council on the Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community framework by the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care, Executive Council broke into groups to share their experiences and think about how they are called to work for racial healing. Spellers told the committee that the church has moved away from a past emphasis on “anti-racism” in favor of the language of racial healing, encouraging Episcopalians to interact graciously with each other without demonizing people for struggling with their own racism. Such a Christian approach can be applied beyond the work of racial reconciliation.
From our dioceses:
Diocese of Albany
At The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany, our mission is to help people fall in love with God. Like the cathedrals of old, we communicate Christian faith in and through the arts. We also support and encourage artists. Therefore we have formed a new initiative to support our mission: CATHEDRAL ARTS. Find out more >
Diocese of Central New York
Longest Night/ Blue Christmas Services: 
Whether you're grieving or need a break from holiday stress, these thoughtful, meditative, quiet services offer comfort and hope. Find a service at>
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
In honor of the Convocation’s first elected full-time Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, the Transition Committee and Council of Advice are inviting both individuals and congregations to donate money to set up THE WHALON FUND FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS. The fund is dedicated to supporting both the visual and performing arts in the parishes and missions of the Convocation.  Find out more >
Diocese of Cuba
The Diocese of Cuba encompasses 46 congregations and five small missions that are “becoming and growing and starting to grow up” she said. Each one faces different challenges, but “each one can be worked out individually,” Bishop Delgado said confidently.  
One way to find out more about these congregations is to follow this link >
Diocese of Haiti
The Very Rev. Joseph Kirwin Delicat, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-au-Prince, was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Haiti in June. As of December, a majority of bishops with jurisdiction in the Episcopal Church have not yet consented to his ordination and consecration. The previously scheduled ordination and consecration has been postponed to a date to be determined. Read the ENS story >
Diocese of Long Island
Immigration and Refugee Ministry Updates
[December 12] Bishop Provenzano and I (Mother Marie Tatro) arrived home from San Diego on a red eye flight over the weekend, but before we left, we made sure to meet/speak with a number of the local faith leaders in order to get a clearer idea of how we in New York, and here in the EDLI in particular, can best support them. Read the whole story >
Diocese of Newark
Thanks to a generous gift from “angel donors,” in 2019 the diocese will launch a “Pop-Up Youth Ministry” in partnership with Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center.  Read more >
Diocese of New Jersey
Honor the legacy and the memory of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, rather than by taking a day off, by joining in community with your brothers and sisters from across the diocese to serve others.
Following a special Eucharist in the cathedral, we will gather for a series of service projects that serve at-risk communities. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who dedicate his life to the service of others. Find out more >
Diocese of New York
New York's Oldest Holiday Tradition:
On December 16, the 108th annual Clement Clarke Moore Candlelight Carol Service was held at the Church of the Intercession at 155th and Broadway. The service featured a reading of Moore’s famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Assembly member Al Taylor, music by Adan Vasquez The Uptown Brass, The Institute of Special Education, St. Paul’s Choir School, and The Young People’s Chorus of Washington Heights. After the service, a wreath was laid at the grave of Moore in Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum. Moore, son of Bishop Benjamin Moore, Rector of Trinity Church from 1800-1816, was a devout Episcopalian and donated the land on which General Theological Seminary was built. See the video >
Diocese of Rochester
A one-day workshop was held at St. Paul's, Rochester, featuring Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., the Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Read more >
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
All Saints Cathedral School held its Christmas concert on December 13 at 9:01 PM · It was a full house. What a great show! Thanks to all who supported. 
Diocese of Western New York
St. John's Episcopal Church in Medina, New York is the oldest church congregation in Orleans County. Built of Medina Sandstone, the first service was held in the current building on Christmas Eve 1838, prior to completion of the structure in 1841. The interior of the building has been carefully restored, an ongoing process, and work continues to maintain the fine stained glass windows commissioned by families as memorials over the years. In addition, there are two mosaic memorials by Jacob Holzer. Find out more about this historic congregation >
  • Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Applications accepted for 2019-2020 placements
  • Young adults (21-32 years old) are invited to apply to serve as a member of the 2019-2020 Episcopal Service Corps.
  • Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales (EJE19) will be July 17, 2019 to July 20, 2019 at Ciudad del Saber in Panama City, Panama. 
  • ECF is pleased to announce that the application for the 2019 Fellowship is now open. 
  • The Episcopal Church is offering a new way to share a Christmas Eve service or pageant this year, offering two digital Christmas Eve programs on December 24. 
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering an Epiphany Curriculum
  • New FREE resource on migration and immigration from Forward Movement
  • Parish Communicators' Monthly Virtual Meet-up
  • Equipping the Church for Faith Formation: The CMT provides resources and training for thoughtful, innovative Christian formation for all ages. 
  • Applications are now accepted for the 2019 United Thank Offering grants.
  • Applications are now accepted for Conant Grants from the Episcopal Church for the 2019-2020 academic year. 
Provincial Council
President:   The Rev. Dahn Dean Gandell (Rochester)
Vice-President:  The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe   (Central New York )
Secretary:  Canon Paul Ambos, Esq.   (NJ)
Treasurer:  Canon Richard J. "Jerry" Carroll  (Albany) remains in this position until January 1
Lay Representative to Executive Council:  Canon Noreen Duncan  
Clerical Representative to Provincial Council:  The Very Rev. Joell Szachara   (Central New York)
Clerical Representative to Executive Council:  The Rev. Lillian Davis-Wilson (Western New York) 
Lay Representative to Provincial Council:  Yvonne O’Neal   (New York)
Episcopal Representative to Provincial Council:  The Rt. Rev. William H. (“Chip”) Stokes  (New Jersey)
Treasurer Elect:  Canon Phyllis Jones (NJ)
Webmaster, Editor, InProv2  Ms. Jan Paxton  (NJ)
Chair, Synod Planning Committee Dorothy-Jane Connolly  (Albany)