News Release: Central New York’s First Female Episcopal Bishop-Elect to Visit Local Churches



Interviews by arrangement

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman Street, Watertown

Thursday, October 27, 2016, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 96 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, Grace Episcopal Church, 6 Elizabeth Street, Utica

Thursday, November 3, 2016, Christ Episcopal Church, 10 Henry Street, Binghamton

Central New York Episcopalians will welcome The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, to four area churches (in Watertown, Skaneateles, Utica and Binghamton) in October and November. Duncan-Probe, who was elected at a special Convention of the Diocese in August 2016, will be the first woman to serve as Bishop of Central New York. She will be ordained and consecrated as bishop on December 3, 2016.

Duncan-Probe’s local church visits are part of the Diocese’s preparation for its 148th Convention in November, the first diocesan-wide gathering since her election. She will be meeting with and answering questions from Episcopalians from local communities, focusing especially on community outreach initiatives.

Prior to her call to serve as Bishop of Central New York, Duncan-Probe was the Rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, and held a number of leadership positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Previously she served as a youth director, an educator, and co-founded an engineering consulting firm with her husband which continues to thrive. She holds a doctorate from Oxford University and two master’s degrees, from Pepperdine University and from The General Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Chris Probe, have three children.

Bishop-elect Duncan-Probe will be available for in-person interviews. Arrangements must be made in advance; contact Meredith Kadet Sanderson, (315) 569-3767 (cell),

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Established in 1868, The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is made up of faithful Christians worshipping in 86 Episcopal congregations and chapels, including one college chaplaincy. The Diocese is part of The Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The diocese extends to 14 counties in the center of New York State: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins.

PRESS CONTACT: Meredith Kadet Sanderson, (315) 569-3767 (cell),

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