Our History & Beliefs

Officially established as a separate diocese in 1868, The Diocese of Albany is a member of the Episcopal Church and the Worldwide Anglican Communion tracing its roots back to the Church of England and beyond to the early church and the apostles themselves – making it part of the one holy catholic and apostolic church.

monkimageWe are a liturgical church with both men and women clergy, including those who are married. Additionally, many lay persons are involved in the ministry of our parishes. We teach using the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. All are welcome.

The Episcopal Diocese of Albany consists of 118 missionary outposts (churches), spread throughout northeastern New York state.  You can find a list of our churches by clicking here.

Our Beliefs
We believe in the Trinity –  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and in Jesus Christ’s redeeming act on the cross and His resurrection as laid out in the Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.