An Appeal for Haiti

My dear Brothers and sisters,

The first time I visited Haiti the earthquake of 2010 was a recent memory, and everywhere we could see the signs of rebuilding and recovery from that horrific tragic catastrophe. The ruin that was visited upon the country, and upon its cities and villages, was extreme. And it was clear to all who had eyes, or who listened to the accounts and stories of the Haitian people, that what would have been a great hardship under any circumstances was made horribly worse, and the suffering of people more terrible, by the endemic poverty which is written into the lives of the Haitian people. It felt like a wakeup call. At every construction site or rebuilt clinic or school were large signs, which identified the charitable organizations, religious organizations, governments of foreign countries, and international NGOs which had contributed to the work and its costs. One could imagine that Haiti was at a tipping point, when the eyes of the world were opened to the long years of International disinterest or geopolitical forces which had kept the country in a state of perpetual struggle, and there was now some measure of global repentance. And that repentance was bearing fruit in a renewed life and opportunity for growth.

Good things have happened in Haiti. Churches across our diocese, as well as across America and the world, have long-standing mission partnerships with villages, churches, schools and hospitals in Haiti, and our diocese has many ordained a lay missioners and friends of that wonderful country which has struggled so long. The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is the largest diocese in the Episcopal Church, and is a member of Province II, of which the Diocese of New York also belongs. The people of the Diocese of Haiti are our brothers and sisters, and partners in ministry. Once one has been to Haiti one will never again forget the beauty of the island and the people.

Now in the weeks which have followed the assassination of President Moïse, and the political instability arising from an attempted coup d’etat, another powerful earthquake has visited death and suffering, destruction and ruin, again upon Haiti. Some two thousand people have lost their lives in the last week. Countless numbers of people are sleeping outdoors or under tarpaulins because their homes have been destroyed or are no longer safe. Many churches, the first responders to Haitian people in need, are destroyed, and in some communities that are no churches left at all. Every Christian heart must break in observing such suffering, and as we have done before, I ask this diocese – our churches and our people – to respond in constant prayer, and with generosity and godly love.

Sometimes money is pastoral care, and I ask your most generous giving for Haiti at this timeEpiscopal Relief and Development is inviting donations to support the work they are doing in Haiti and will expand now to respond to the earthquake, and I commend ERD to you as a venue for your giving. However, in the Diocese of New York we also stand ready to receive your gifts on behalf of the people of Haiti, with particular attention to our already existing relationships with communities and people in that country. Donations may be made online or sent to the Diocese of New York, designated for Haiti relief*, at 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, and we will make provision for getting that help to the places most needed.

In addition to your charitable giving for Haiti, I strongly ask your prayers for these: the Reverend Pierre André Duvert, Rector of Saint Luke’s Church in the Bronx; the Reverend Nathanael Saint-Pierre, Priest-in-Charge of Saint Augustine’s Church in Manhattan; the Reverend Sam Owen, Priest in Charge, and Deacons Adeline Smith and Wilson Estil, all of the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan in the Bronx; and the Reverend Promise Atelon of Trinity Parish. May they, and the great number of Haitian people who worship and minister in this diocese, be living icons for us of the strength and vitality of the Haitian Diaspora in our midst. Let us give thanks for them, and join them in their ministry to the Haitian community of this diocese. With every good wish, I remain  


The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche
Bishop of New York


Holy Eucharist – January 23rd

Dear Missioners and Saints,

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Once again, pandemic circumstances require us to mandate masks during church services. Holy Trinity has a limited supply if you have already discarded all of yours, but if you can bring your own, it will be appreciated.

This Sunday, 23 January, is the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Pawling at 10am. It will also be available on Zoom. The bulletin for the service is attached, and will be “screen shared” on Zoom. 

Peace and Blessings


ZOOM access:

Meeting ID: 385 180 219

Passcode: trinity

For those who are unable to join us via computer or tablet, here are detailed instructions for participating by telephone:

1) Dial (1) 929-436-2866

2) After the prompt, dial 385 180 219 #

3) After the second prompt, press # again.


Morning Prayer – June 13

This Sunday, 13 June, is the Third Sunday after Pentecost. In Padre Juan’s absence, Morning Prayer will be read indoors at Holy Trinity; it will also be available on Zoom. The bulletins for the services are attached, and will be “screen shared” on Zoom. Please note the Zoom address below.

If you are planning to attend in person, please note: Regardless of the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Diocese of New York has not changed restrictions for the time being. Therefore, masks and social spacing regulations will continue to be observed, until the Bishop has permitted relaxation of the requirements.

ZOOM access for 10:00am Morning Prayer:

Meeting ID: 845 505 3800 Passcode (if needed): 12570

For those who are unable to join us via computer or tablet, here are instructions for participating by telephone:

1) Dial (1) 929-436-2866

2) After the prompt, dial 845 505 3800 #

3) After the second prompt, press # again.


Bishop’s Letter Concerning the Acts of Violence at the Capitol

January 9, 2021

Brothers and Sisters,

We write to you two days after we all witnessed an organized insurrection against the lawful government of the United States of America. As all the world has seen and knows, the Capitol building was breached, vandalized, its offices ransacked, trophies taken, our elected senators and representatives threatened, and both a police officer and one of the insurrectionists killed. The marauders met little resistance, and there were few arrests, as we watched a failure of law enforcement at every level. The work of government, and the certification of our presidential election, were suspended for several hours, and almost all of the criminal element who carried out this invasion were allowed to walk away from it without consequence. The treasonous flag of the Confederacy – that banner of American shame – was paraded through the halls of our government. In places, the American flag was removed and replaced with banners bearing the name of Donald Trump, at whose behest and in whose name this insurrection was waged. This outrage was played out before the eyes of the world, to the horror of our friends and the delight and derision of our enemies.

Worse than the actions of the insurrection itself was the fact that it was incited by the President of the United States. This was something which in our whole history until this week was unthinkable, shocking, and it can never be forgotten. History will certainly remember this as the final, disgraceful legacy of the Trump presidency, eclipsing everything else he has done. Even in the hour of the insurrection itself, he called these thugs “patriots” and “special people.” Now words like “coup” and “treason” are being used about our president by leaders of both parties, and by scores of people who have given their lives to public service. Those words have also been used across our church and by our presiding bishop. Calls are coming from across government and the nation to remove the president from office before the end of his term. Today, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined other denominational heads in the National Council of Churches calling for exactly that. These are unprecedented times.

President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will come into office with the herculean task of uniting a fractured and violent nation, and restoring the honor of the presidency. Every person of good will must rise to support them and help in that effort. Those who carried out this act of shame have promised more, and more violent, actions to come. This country is not out of danger, and the future of our republic and common life are profoundly uncertain. Perhaps our biggest fear is that some essential thread which has bound us together in the past has now been cut, and that we may now devolve into chaos.

As Christians, we are people for whom reconciliation is not simply another virtue, but is the foundation of our life and who we are. “I came,” Jesus said, “that all may be one, as the Father and I are one.” We must have a part in this work of unification and reconciliation, in our nation, indeed, but it begins in our own communities and parishes. But reconciliation is deeper and richer than simply “making up” or agreeing to disagree. It also requires of us the amendment of our own lives, the striving for justice, the naming of evil in our midst, the forgiveness of sin, true humility, and the tireless effort of calling our friends and adversaries into the work of peace. Coming to terms with this vast broken segment of our population is part of the work of Beloved Community, to which we have bound ourselves and given ourselves as a people and a church. That hard work has already been laid before us, and we have made promises to that work of peace, as recently as our Convention in November. It will be harder now, but it remains central to our call to the gospel life.

We your bishops call on all in our diocese, and every parish, to join in prayer over these days, but particularly as we come together tomorrow, on Sunday, in common prayer. Our presiding bishop has gathered the prayers below from the Book of Common Prayer as most appropriate to the circumstances, and we commend them to you.

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us and give us peace.

The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche Bishop of New York

The Right Reverend Allen K Shin Bishop Suffragan of New York

The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool Bishop Assistant of New York


Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance; Govern and uphold us now and always.

Day by day we bless you; We praise your name forever.

Lord, keep us from sin today;
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy; For we put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope;
And we shall never hope in vain.

Morning Prayer II, Book of Common Prayer, p. 98

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered together under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one God and Creator of us all; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever.

For Peace, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family, in the United States, and those in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Human Family, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For thine is the kingdom,
and the power and the glory,
forever and ever.


Indoor Ventilation

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Compline – Monday 6/22