Welcome! You have reached the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York—13,000 faithful Episcopalians worshipping in 87 parish churches and chapels in gorgeous Central New York.
We are glad you have found us, and we hope we’ll have the opportunity to welcome you at one of our parish communities. Please read on for a short introduction to our community and the worship and beliefs of The Episcopal Church.
To be the passionate presence of Christ for one another and the world we are called to serve.
To restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
Our Beliefs and Worship
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
Baptism: We believe that all members of the Church become ministers of the Church at baptism. Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
Marriage & Relationships: We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. In our diocese, we offer Holy Matrimony to all individuals—gay and straight. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
Ordained Ministry: We recognize that the call to ordained ministry is not confined to any particular group of people on the basis of gender, sexuality or relationship status. Our bishops, priests and deacons are both men and women, straight and LGBTQ, single and married.
The Diocese of Central New York is filled with Christ’s disciples, from cooing infants and curious teens to steadfast seniors and wise elders. We come, with our exuberance and our anxieties, seeking blessing and companionship along the way.
We jostle into Sunday school, plop next to well-known pew-mates, and extend greetings to newcomers. We read lessons, lift our voices in praise, and kneel for communion. We have been transformed by special experiences such as Cursillo, Happening, or a Mission of Miracles medical mission trip to El Salvador.
Many of us have been Episcopalians for decades, worshipping in spiritual homes one hundred years old or more. Our faith communities date back to the boom times of upstate New York, when the towns and villages along the Erie Canal (opened in 1825) were the Industrial Revolution’s equivalent of Silicon Valley. Most churches were anchors of their respective downtowns, and venerable institutions in their particular regions. Not all of our congregations occupy the same position today, but many are brimming with new energy–filled with children and youth, immigrant communities and offerings for specific groups and ages. We hope you will “come and see!”
The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York extends from Alexandria Bay in the far north, which is just under the Canadian border, to Wellsburg and Waverly, whose parishes rest nearly on the Pennsylvania state line. We find our church homes in eighty-one distinct congregations, five chapels, one outreach mission, and one college chaplaincy.
Meet Our Bishop
Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe became the 11th Bishop of Central New York in 2016 and is the chief priest and pastor of our diocese. Learn more.