Bishop Duncan-Probe shared the following update with parish and diocesan leaders this week:

Dear clergy, wardens, and parish administrators:

With a mixture of gratitude and sadness, I write to share with you that Kathleen McDaniel will retire from her ministry with the Diocese effective March 14, 2021. Kathleen has served the Diocese of Central New York in a variety of roles since 1995, most recently as the Executive Assistant first to Bishop Adams and now to me. She has walked with our clergy and lay leaders through many transitions, times of celebration, and times of grief, always with generosity and faithfulness.

Kathleen writes:

Thank you for the privilege and joy of sharing in your ministry for the past 26 years. My time with the Diocese of Central New York has been a blessing to me and I am forever grateful for your support and friendship. Please know that I will hold you always in my thoughts and prayers.

I invite you to join me in honoring Kathleen’s ministry. While the ongoing reality of the pandemic prevents us from having the celebration we might wish to have, the diocesan staff will be collecting your messages of thanks and well-wishes as well as your contributions toward a retirement purse (cash or check made out to “Kathleen McDaniel”). These may be sent by email to or by mail to:

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
ATTN: K. McDaniel Retirement
PO Box 3520
Syracuse, NY 13220

Please ensure that your message and/or gift are received by Friday, March 26th. We hope to present the collected greetings and gifts to Kathleen in early April.

This week we have engaged interim administrative support as we begin a search for the next Executive Assistant to the Bishop. As always, I will keep you informed about next steps.

I ask your prayers for Kathleen and for her family, that they would experience God’s grace and peace in this time of transition and new life. I also ask your prayers for me, for our diocesan staff and other leaders, and for our diocesan community, that we would remain open to the work of God among us, and be renewed by hope as we walk together on Jesus’ Way of Love.

Please join me in our diocesan prayer:

God of vision and grace,
you meet us where we are and invite us into new life:
give us ears to hear and courageous hearts to respond to your call,
that in our shared diocesan ministry we may walk your way of love,
bringing healing and hope to the world.
We ask this through your son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Blessings of peace for the journey,

The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe
Bishop of Central New York

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