St. Stephen’s in Schenectady, NY, said “good bye” to their rector of 33 years on June 30, 2022. They define themselves as “a progressive parish in the Diocese of Albany.” The members of the parish are very welcoming and they have a nice physical plant. A rectory is available for use by an interim. The vestry recognizes that having the same rector for 33 years would be difficult for the next rector. In their words, “we would always be comparing the next rector to the only rector most of us have ever known as adults.” They are seeking an interim for 12-18 months (longer if deemed necessary) to adjust to life without their beloved rector and to adjust to his departure.
In meeting with the vestry, they reported that ten years ago there was conflict in the parish. Some left and others remained. There is no current tension within the parish. They are a Rite II parish and there is a lot of appreciation for their music program. They have a superb organist, choir, and handbell choir.
The Diocese of Albany is presently without a Bishop. The profile for the next bishop is due to be completed the middle of August. St. Stephen’s has not participated in the life of the diocese for a very long time because of theological differences. They are participating in the process. An interim would be beneficial to help them as they adjust to many changes.
Schenectady, NY, is part of the capital district outside of Albany and St. Stephen’s is located in a safe neighborhood in the city. A variety of venues for entertainment (theatre, symphony, shopping malls, restaurants, etc.) are within a short distance.
The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Papazoglakis
Diocesan Transition Minister
Episcopal Diocese of Albany
580 Burton Road
Greenwich, NY 12834