In Prov 2 - May 2019
From the Province
New: A Listening Service Toolkit
A new resource document, A Listening Service Toolkit, has been developed by a leadership team of the Episcopal Church and focuses on critical topics in the Episcopal Church and our society – sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment.

 “ A Listening Service Toolkit clearly illustrates the seriousness of these issues and how the Episcopal Church leadership is committed to addressing these issues,” noted the Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe of the Diocese of Central New York who chaired the effort.

The 30-page resource document is available on the Province II website here. There is no fee to download this useful information. Here is the direct link to the document.
Congratulations are in order!
The annual conference of Episcopal Communicators was held in Denver, Colorado on April 30-May 2, 2019. In addition to informative workshops to assist parish, diocesan, and other church communicators in their ministries, the keynote address was given by the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. The group was able to worship together at the Cathedral of St. John in Denver. The culmination of the event is always the Polly Bond award ceremony, at which outstanding submissions from around the church are recognized. This year Province II communicators had many recognitions. Congratulations all around! Now, watch for the 2020 conference dates! If your communications person is not a member of Episcopal Communicators, find out more and join this wonderful, supportive group. See who won >
Save the Dates!
General Convention 2021 will be June 30th - July 9th in Baltimore, Maryland. General Convention 2021 will be held at The Baltimore Convention Center ( ), Baltimore, Maryland (Episcopal Diocese of Maryland; ).
Province II Synod before General Convention will be April 22 -23, 2021 in the Diocese of Albany. All deputies are encouraged to attend.
From our dioceses:
Diocese of Albany
Diocese of Central New York
Mother Donna Steckline of Christ Church, Gilbertville, NY and her family, joined with a trip to Murchison Falls Park and a journey into the Rhino Refugee Camp, Uganda, where our combined CMS-Ireland and Albany team ministered last fall. Read the story >
Small program poised to make a load of difference locally - At St. John's Episcopal Church in Downtown Ithaca there are worship services and Sunday school, free meals and peace ministries. And starting this month, there's a laundromat. The church is launching a laundry program affiliated with the national Laundry Love network, which works to give people access to free, safe laundry facilities. Read the Ithaca Voice's full report>
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
Episcopal Church in Cuba
Student Ministry resumes at St. James in Florence, Italy....The Rev. Andrew A. Cooley, Interim Rector, reports:
“A new caldaia (furnace) was installed; we are now living in the Rectory. After spending time cleaning and organizing, we were able to host 8 college students for dinner last Wednesday. Read more >
Bishop Griselda's Mother's Day Message - En el Día de las Madres damos gracias a Dios por el regalo divino de la maternidad en todas sus diversas formas. Oramos por todas las mamás en el día de hoy, por nuestras propias madres que nos han dado la vida, por aquellas que viven junto a nosotros o aquellas que no están ahora… Download the pdf to read the whole message >
Diocese of Haiti
Diocese of Long Island
St. Vincent's is a brand name like Coca Cola when it comes to medical care in Haiti, according to Dr. Pierre Marie Woolley, Director of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in downtown Port-au-Prince. “It is recognized everywhere for Orthopedics, Prosthetics, and Physical Therapy. We provide low-cost health care to a population that desperately needs it," he says. Read the Spring 2019 newsletter >
There was an unexpected discovery at Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn of the grave of John Codman Pollitz, Trinity parishioner and Civil War veteran. The grave was recently uncovered by workers who were renovating the floor of the church. Find out more >
(​ Mother Margaret Peckham Clark in this Long Island web story is one of the new staff dividing the work of Greg Jacobs in the Diocese of Newark - see the Diocese of Newark story.)
Diocese of Newark
Diocese of New York
On May 15, Episcopal House will welcome a new member to the Bishop’s staff when the Very Rev. Margaret A. Peckham Clark begins her ministry as the Canon for Congregational Life. Her principal responsibilities will be Congregational Vitality and Transition Ministry, which she is taking over from the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, who concludes his tenure as Canon to the Ordinary and Chief of Staff on June 30.  Read the whole article >
The Diocese of NY had a very successful wardens’ conference on May 4 organized by diocesan chief of finance, Esslie Hughes and hosted by the Parish of Christ the Redeemer in Pelham. The videos and other materials are available online.  Read the story >
Diocese of New Jersey
Diocese of Rochester
Read about the latest Anti-Racism & Reconciliation training, the Bishops United Against Gun Violence on Facebook Live, the dog wounded at the Jubilee Center, and the protocol developed for English & Spanish in the diocese. It's all here >
The Rev. Nita Byrd will begin her tenure as Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ new Chaplain and Dean for Spiritual Engagement beginning May 16. Byrd joins the Colleges from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C. Read more >
Diocese of the Virgin Islands
Diocese of
Western New York
The St. Croix Foundation, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, is pleased to announce the opening of the Farm Tienda Grant Application Cycle to support local farmers as they continue to rebuild from hurricanes Irma and Maria. The grant cycle opened April 30 and all applications are due by May 31 to the foundation.
On May 3 and 4, the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) held its Northeast Regional Conference in Niagara Falls, New York. The event was hosted by the UBE's Bishop James Theodore Holly Chapter, based at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Buffalo.  Read the story >
Job Openings
Job opening in the Office of Government Relations
We’re looking for a staff assistant with some communications duties. The full description and link to apply is here (you’ll have to select the staff assistant, office of govt relations position) We’re holding a deadline for applications this Sunday, May 19, 2019
The Episcopal Church is accepting applications for the position of Episcopal News Service (ENS) reporter/assistant editor, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.  Information about the position and details for applying are available here
Traveling the Way of Love , Episode 3: Worship, the latest installment of a new video series from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication, premieres May 28, 3:00pm EDT on The Episcopal Church website and on The Episcopal Church Facebook page. Find the first two videos, Bless and Rest, on the Traveling the Way of Love website.
Seamen's Church Institute Food Truck Festival
June 25, 2019 - Find out more >
  • Annual Jonathan Daniels Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage - For high school students to Hayneville, Alabama August 8-10, 2019 - flyer
  • UTO Pilgrims on the Camino, a pilgrimage that combines portions of walking the Camino with visits to UTO grant sites in Madrid and Northwest Spain. ​Find out more >
  • Applications accepted for 2019-2020 United Thank Offering Julia Chester Emery internship
"Sacred Ground", a film and dialogue-based series around race and faith has now been released. Curricular resources are available for download.
The Book of Occasional Services 2018, offered in both English and Spanish, is available as a free download from the publications page of the General Convention website, at ​
Evangelism Resources
Episcopal resources for evangelism abound, at the churchwide, diocesan and even congregational level. Here are some links that can help you to form new, faithful relationships with the community where God has called you to share the good news.
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 Phyllis Jones (NJ)
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)