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Who we are
and what we believe

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is a community of 12,000 faithful Episcopalians in 88 congregations, following Jesus and reaching out to our neighbors.

We are glad you have found us, and we hope we’ll have a chance to welcome you!

What We Believe

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in following Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection are saving and transforming the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you–no exceptions.

See “What We Believe” from The Episcopal Church

Who We Are

We are followers of Jesus: noisy infants, curious teens, busy professionals and parents, steadfast seniors, wise elders.

We have gifts to share and we seek God’s gifts in our neighbors and visitors.

We’re not perfect, and we don’t expect you to be.

We trust in God’s love, and we do our best to share that love.

Meet Some CNY Episcopalians

Meet Our Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe is the 11th Bishop of Central New York  and the chief priest and pastor of our diocese.

Meet Our Presiding Bishop

The Most. Rev. Michael B. Curry is the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

Our Diocese

The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York extends from the Canadian border to the Pennsylvania state line.

We are one of the dioceses making up Province II of The Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Central New York in Province 2 of TEC

Visiting an Episcopal Church
What to expect

No two Episcopal churches are exactly alike, but we’re all trying to seek and share God’s love.
Haven’t been to an Episcopal Church in a while? Here are a few things you can expect:

Communion

We offer the sacrament of Holy Communion to all baptized Christians. If you do not wish to receive Communion, we also welcome you to come forward for a word of blessing from the priest.

Diverse Leaders

You will see both men and women, straight and LGBTQ individuals, married and unmarried folks serving as priests, deacons, and lay worship leaders. Leadership and ordination to ministry in The Episcopal Church is open to all people.

Music

We love to sing together. In some churches, you’ll even find the priest and people chanting portions of the worship service. Feel free to listen and join in when you are ready.

Prayer

We all participate in worship through our liturgy–prayers and ceremonies that ground us in ancient traditions and give our common life a rhythm. First time in an Episcopal Church? Please relax and don’t be afraid to ask for help navigating the service. Over time, the repetition of words and movement gives our worship a pattern that becomes comforting and familiar.

Coffee

There’s usually coffee hour after the service, and we hope you will enjoy the goodies and the conversation!

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Our office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The diocesan staff work from home on Fridays.

Phone: (315) 474-6596
Toll Free: 1 (888) DIOC CNY
Fax: (315) 457-2947
Email: [email protected]

Location

The offices of the Diocese of Central New York are located at:

1020 7th North Street, Suite 200
Liverpool, NY 13088

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