Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Bishop Franklin

A Statement from Bishop Franklin on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Western New York, We have news today of another heartbreaking shooting, this one at a synagogue in Pittsburgh where a gunman shouted an anti-Semitic slogan before opening fire. A number of people were killed and others wounded. We are people who believe that a light shines in…

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Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania Ratify Partnership: Bishop Rowe will lead both dioceses

NIAGARA FALLS, NY–The Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York voted today to share a bishop and a staff for the next five years as they explore a deeper relationship focused on creating new opportunities for mission.  The move was formalized when Western New York elected the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of…

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Intercepting the Stones of Racism: Dean Kelly Brown Douglas Reinvigorates Racial Equity Work in Diocese

Nearly 300 people turned out last weekend for three events with the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, an eminent theologian and dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her visit to the diocese marked the rebirth of the Diocesan Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, led by the Honorable…

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A Message from Bishop Bill about General Convention

I want to share with you today my thoughts on two significant decisions made by our recent General Convention that I find to be most promising as we move forward as the Body of Christ and as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. First, the Book of Common Prayer.  Contrary to what a lot…

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Presiding Bishop Curry, Bishop Franklin and Bishop Rowe Wrapping Up General Convention

After a blessing from Buffalo native Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Bill and Bishop Sean talk about the support they have received for partnership between our dioceses from their colleagues at General Convention.

A Statement by The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin on the Forced Separation of Children from their Parents

Children separated from their parents, tagged with numbers, herded onto vans and buses, transported to “detention centers.” Consider that scene. Taken from the only parent they have ever known. Branded with a number. Transported to large facilities where they are herded like cattle. Children. In America. My friends, this is not a political issue, this…

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General Convention Approaches

The General Convention is the governing body of the Episcopal Church.  It is made up of the House of Bishops – which is all of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church and the House of Deputies – which is four lay and four clergy deputies from each of the 109 Dioceses that make up the…

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Bishop Franklin Dedicates Brent Altar

Bishop Franklin dedicated an altar in the baptistry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo to the memory and honor of Bishop Charles Henry Brent, during that parish’s Sunday evening Eucharist on April 22. Bishop Brent was the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.  He served as Bishop from 1918 to 1929.  Prior to serving as Bishop of…

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Moving from Prayer through Sorrow to Action

A Holy Week Message from Bishop Franklin Last Saturday I was, with many other Episcopalians clergy and lay, at the Buffalo March for Our Lives in Niagara Square. Like many of these large demonstrations there were remarks by political leaders and community organizers and signs and chanting.  What made this one different was the leadership…

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Two Events in Preparation for Holy Week

Bishop Franklin invites the Diocese of Western New York to join him at the March For Our Lives Buffalo event in Niagara Square on Saturday March 24 from 1:30 – 3 pm. The March for Our Lives is the local version of the march taking place in Washington D.C. that same day.  The march is in…

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Diocesan Leaders Gather, Pray, Learn, Talk & Eat

Saturday, February 24 was the third annual Warden and Vestry day.  Nearly 150 people representing 36 congregations gathered at the Diocesan Ministry Center. The day opened with prayer.  Bishop Franklin then spoke to the gathered group.  During the morning prayers the reading was the story from First Samuel of the escape of the donkeys of…

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Working for Education Equity

Bishop Franklin attended the All Our Children national symposium on education equity in Columbia, South Carolina this week. The symposium was a gathering of people from a variety of Episcopal Dioceses, other denominations and secular organizations who are working for education equity. You can read Bishop Franklin’s reflection on his presentation here – https://jerusalem-crossing.com/ You can…

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