Bishop's Message

Invitation to the 2016 Parish Leadership Conferences

January 3rd, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to invite you to join me and others from around the Diocese for this year's Parish Leadership Conference, entitled Ministry in Our Community Today: Addiction - Parish Mission and Ministry. The conference leaders include Mother Kathy Alonge-Coons, Vicar, Grace Church, Waterford, Father David Haig, Rector, St. Luke's on the Hill, Mechanicville and Mother Anne Curtin, Executive Director, Healing a Woman's Soul. Each of our conference leaders are priests of this diocese and have a tremendous amount of experience working with people from all walks of life who struggle with various addictions, including drugs, alcohol, pornography, and gambling, among others.

Tragically, none of us are immune from such temptations and addictions. It is part of our fallen human nature. If we don't struggle with them ourselves, chances are someone very close to us does - either with our knowledge or without. If we as the Church and individual members of the Body of Christ are to be a channel of God's love and mercy and healing grace to those struggling with these various addictions, we need to be better equipped. These Parish Leadership Conferences are designed to help us do just that.

Please join me for whichever of the following three Parish Leadership Conferences is most convenient for you:

Date Location
Saturday, January 23rd Malone
Saturday, February 6th Cooperstown
Saturday, March 5th TBD - Albany area

Each of the Parish Leadership Conferences will begin with registration (coffee, tea and goodies provided) at 8:30 a.m. The program itself will begin shortly after 9:00 a.m. As has been the tradition for the past several years, each Parish Leadership Conference will be conducted within the context of Holy Communion. The teaching and group discussions will take the place of the sermon. Lunch will be provided. The day will wrap up with the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude by 4:00 p.m. Online registration will be available soon. Everyone is welcome, please come!

Your Brother in Christ,




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