April 2015
What Happened at Synod 2015?

In preparation for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church on June 25-July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Provincial Synod met on April 16 & 17, 2015 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY.


Over 100 bishops, deputies and alternates were present! The elections for the new provincial officers were held...and much more.

Top photo: Central New York and Europe sharing with our Presiding Bishop at Province II Synod in Albany, photo by Felicity Hallanan

Bottom photo: The Virgin Islands delegation, photo by Ed Lee

Meet the New Provincial Council
  • President: The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano (LI)
  • Vice President: Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, Esq. (VI)
  • Secretary: Canon Paul M. Ambos, Esq. (NJ)
  • Treasurer: Canon Richard J. "Jerry" Carroll (Alb)
  • Lay Representative to Executive Council: Canon Noreen Duncan (NJ)
  • Episcopal Representative To Provincial Council:The Right Reverend R. William Franklin(WNY)
  • Clergy Representative To Provincial Council: The Rev. Gloria E.E. Payne-Carter (WNY)
  • Lay Representative To Provincial Council:Bert Jones (Nwk)
  • Executive Council Clergy Representative: The Rev. Dahn Gandell (Rochester) (continuing her term)

See their photographs and biographical information...

What else?
  • View the slides presented by Dorothy-Jane Porpeglia, Esq. on the
  • A draft of the General Convention Schedule is now available.
  • Remember to get Tickets for Province Night, Sunday, June 28, 2015, if you will be out at General Convention - this event is for all of Province II, not just the convention deputies.
  • Advancing to General Convention: Registration open for Young Adult FestivalWhy Serve, Kindling Registration is now open for The Episcopal Church Young Adult Festival, which is scheduled to run concurrently with the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, June 25 - July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The event is planned and hosted by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.  Read more...
  • Blue Book Reports are available online
From the Province

From Central NY: As Bishop Adams has announced that he intends to resign as Diocesan Bishop on October 31, 2016, the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Central New York is tasked to appoint two vital committees to find his successor and transition the Diocese into a new episcopate by November, 2016.  Read more...

In the Diocese of NJ: Diocesan Choir Camp - Registration Now Open! Click here to register. When: Sunday evening, July 26 through Thursday afternoon, July 30, 2015. Final Evensong will be at 4 PM at Church of the Advent on Thursday, July 30, 2015 with Bishop Chip Stokes present - Open to all! Read more...
Canon Charles Perfater,
The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano,
Rosalie S. Ballentine, Esq., Vice President
Canon Paul M. Ambos, Esq., Secretary
Jan Paxton,
Canon Richard J. "Jerry" Carroll, Treasurer
The Right Reverend R. William Franklin,
Canon Noreen Duncan,
The Rev. Dahn Gandell,