Province II
of the Episcopal Church

The International
Atlantic Province

What happened at Synod?

Over 100 bishops, deputies and alternates were present!

>Meet the new provincial council

View the slides presented by Dorothy-Jane Porpeglia, Esq. on the
Proposed Canonical Amendments


News from around 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: the Search/Nominating Committee and the Transition Committee. 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!
Who may come? Girls and boys who are ages 10-21 are welcome to register. You do not have to be from the Diocese of New Jersey to register. Due to space limitations, we can only accept 25 campers, so register early!
Where: We stay at beautiful Holiday House, just around the corner from the Church of the Advent in Cape May, New Jersey. Rehearsals are held at Church of the Advent, who generously hosts us for the week.
How Much: The cost of the camp is $350 per camper. Two scholarships are available from the Diocese of New Jersey. Contact Diane Caruso ( for details.
Who: Music Director for the camp is Diane Caruso, Director of Music at Trinity Church in Asbury Park, NJ. Our chaplain is the Rev. Maria B. Sanzo, Rector of Trinity Church, Matawan, NJ. Proctors: John Carl Lewis, Trinity Cathedral, Trenton and Catherine Sabin of Grace Church, Pemberton. Organist: Mark Trautman, St. Paul's, Englewood, NJ.

A Few photos...

Synod photo

Central New York and Europe sharing with our Presiding Bishop at Province II Synod in Albany: from left, The Rev. Sunny Hallanan, All Saints', Waterloo, Belgium; The Rev. Dena Bartholomew-Cleaver, Christ Church, Manlius, NY, The Rev. Joell Szachara, St. Stephan's, New Hartford, NY; and The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori.Photo by Felicity Hallanan


Bishop Provenzano addressing the synod, Photo by Dana Wilcox


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori addressing the synod, Photo by Abby Murphy

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands delegation, photo by Ed Lee

Wilcox and schori

The Rev. Dana Wilcox and the Presiding Bishop, Photo by Dana Wilcox

Coming Events


Information for Province II ...

Presiding Bishop Nominees (note from Bishop Franklin to the Diocese of Western NY)

Thomas Breidenthal The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop of Connecticut, and The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, Bishop of Southwest Florida have been nominated for election as the next Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

It has been an honor for me to be a member of the Nominating Committee who put these names forward to the Church. I believe this is an exciting time for the Episcopal Church. All of these bishops are leaders with ability, vision, and commitment to sharing the Gospel with the World. Any of the candidates would make an excellent Presiding Bishop.

Michael Curry Of course I am so proud of the fact that The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, grew up in Buffalo. His father, the Rev. Kenneth Curry was rector of St. Philip's Church in Buffalo. Bishop Curry was ordained a deacon by Bishop Harold Robinson of the Diocese of Western New York. Josephine Robbins, a long-time member of St. Philip's, remembers, "When I met Michael at the age of ten, his chapel in the attic was set and fully equipped for Mass. The congregation (his sister Sharon's dolls) was always in place, and he was always prepared to conduct service to perfection. Michael has continued to be an excellent Priest and Bishop. He is totally committed to giving his all to the Church. Whatever the outcome is, I could never be more proud of his accomplishments."

Dabney SmithIf Bishop Curry is elected, he will be the first African American to head the
Episcopal Church as its Presiding Bishop.

The election of the Presiding Bishop will take place on June 27 at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City Utah at the General Convention of our Church.

The House of Bishops will elect the Presiding Bishop. The House of Deputies must confirm the election.

Ian DouglasThe new Presiding Bishop takes office on November 1, 2015. Please keep the nominees in your prayers.

I also ask that you keep the people of Baltimore in your prayers today and in our Sunday worship. Regardless of the content of the initial investigation reports these will be difficult days for many and especially for the family of Freddy Gray.

Our Diocese will continue to have the opportunity to address the issues of racism and racial equity also in our region in the Take Heart conversations which are scheduled for May and June.

May God bless our Diocese.

Bishop Bill Franklin