Press Release: Historic Consecration of CNY’s First Female Bishop to Take Place Saturday, Dec. 3rd

December 1, 2016


Hundreds of Central New Yorkers and bishops/dignitaries from across the United States will participate in the Ordination & Consecration of The Very Reverend Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe as 11th Bishop of Central New York. The event will take place Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Duncan-Probe will be the first woman to serve as chief priest and pastor of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. The Diocese, which stretches from the Canadian to the Pennsylvanian borders and from Utica to Waterloo, including Syracuse, Watertown, Ithaca, Binghamton, Elmira and the greater Finger Lakes region, consists of approximately 13,000 members worshipping in 86 local churches and chapels.

Notable leaders from the nationwide Episcopal Church and local faith and civic organizations will participate in this historic celebration. The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, will lead the ceremony as chief consecrator. The first African-American to serve as chief leader of the 3-million-member denomination, Curry is widely regarded as one of the leading preachers in the United States. He speaks frequently on matters of social justice, equality, and reconciliation. The Right Reverend Barbara C. Harris, preaching in the service, is the first woman to serve as a bishop in The Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. Also participating are leaders from the Islamic Society of Central New York, the Upstate Lutheran Synod, Thekhen Choling USA (Buddhist) Bahai’is of Syracuse, the National Council of Churches, Upstate University Hospital Spiritual Care, and InterFaith Works of CNY. A complete list of participating bishops and dignitaries may be found at the press kit link below.

Duncan-Probe was elected at a special Convention of the Diocese on August 6, 2016 following a year-long national search process. She succeeds the Right Reverend Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams, III, who retired after 15 years as 10th Bishop of the Diocese on October 31, 2016.

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. She had also 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.

Presiding Bishop Curry and Bishop-elect Duncan-Probe will speak to the press on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088.

For more information about the new Bishop, Consecration & Diocese:

Meredith Kadet Sanderson, (315) 569-3767 (cell),
On-scene: Ask usher for Meredith Kadet Sanderson or cell phone (315) 569-3767.

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