St. Paul’s Clergy and Staff
Rev. J. Cooper Conway, Priest in Charge
Mother Cooper is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and the Center for Christian Spirituality at General. She served the Church as an interim minister for more than 10 years before she settled down with us, at St. Paul’s.
As the Priest-in-Charge of two parishes, St. Paul’s and Trinity Church Ossining, which are different in style, she says she “has the best of both worlds.”
Her favorite prayer is one written by Teresa of Avila:
Let nothing upset thee,
Nothing afright thee,
All things are passing:
God never changeth.
Patience endurance to all things attaineth
In whom God possesseth nothing is lacking.
Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of New York
Theologically, Bishops are considered to be successors to the Apostles. Bishops, therefore, have the two-fold responsibility for the apostolic mission of the Church and for the oversight of that mission within a given geographic area, the Diocese.
The bishops, who in the Episcopal Church (unlike elsewhere in the Anglican Communion) are elected by the clergy and laity of the Diocese, are members of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Bishops confer Holy Orders upon deacons, priests, and other bishops, and administer the rite of Confirmation in addition to the usual priestly services. They visit the congregations, meet with the clergy, administer Confirmation, and preach the Word.
Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church (U.S.)
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the Seat of its Bishop. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all people and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. It serves the many diverse people of our Diocese, City, Nation and World through an array of liturgical, cultural and civic events; pastoral, educational and community outreach activities; and maintains the preservation of the great architectural and historic site that is its legacy.