Meet the Bishop-Elect: The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe

Thank you to all who participated in the election of our eleventh bishop!

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is pleased to announce the election of The Very Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe as the new bishop of the Diocese. Duncan-Probe currently serves as the Rector of St. Peter’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Duncan-Probe was elected today, August 6, 2016 at a Special Convention of the Diocese held at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. Pending confirmation by a majority of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church and by a majority of the Diocesan Standing Committees in the church, she will be consecrated on December 3, 2016.

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A Word from the Bishop-Elect

This statement from the bishop-elect was read at the August 6th, 2016 Election Convention: 

My heart is filled with joyful gratitude for God’s mercy and grace, and I am humbled to accept the call to serve as your 11th Bishop. Throughout this discernment process I have been inspired, encouraged, and emboldened by your faithful ministry and your sincere dedication to living the gospel of Jesus Christ in service to others. The honor of joining you in ministry is a profound moment, and I am especially mindful of the people God has called us to serve. May the joy and hope of this day become a source of comfort and strength for many people. I want to express my sincere admiration and gratitude to the other candidates, Dena, Debra, Noah, and Nora. Their faithfulness and friendship in this process has been evident and there is no doubt that our church is strengthened by their vibrant ministries. In this time of transition let us hold one another in prayer and prepare our hearts for the ways in which God is calling us forward in faith. Please know you are on my heart and in my prayers as we rejoice in God’s ongoing work in our midst.

May God be praised in all we do,


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A Prayer for our Diocese

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop, Skip Adams, our Bishop-Elect, DeDe Duncan-Probe, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, page 817.


Thank You

The Diocese of Central New York gives thanks to all who participated in the election of our eleventh bishop.

Thank you especially to our five nominees. You have been a gift to us and you are outward and visible signs of God’s gifts and graces.

The Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, The Rev. Noah Evans, The Rev. Canon Debra Kissinger, and The Rev. Nora Smith offered statements following the election of The Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe. Read their words here.


Send Greetings

Greetings to our bishop-elect may be sent to:

Bishop-Elect DeDe Duncan-Probe
St. Peter’s in the Woods Church
5911 Fairview Woods Drive
Fairfax Station, VA  22039