Bishop Franklin

Announcement from Bishop Franklin

September 16, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I left on sabbatical in April, I said to you that one of the things I would be doing during that time was praying and thinking about my retirement as Bishop of Western New York. I want to share with you that I have made…

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Bishop Franklin Is Back (and the ducks were ready)

Bishop Franklin returned from sabbatical on August 17.  We was welcomed back to the Diocesan office with many ducks, including the Eaton Camp ducks, a large duck and duck socks, tie and cuff-links. The Bishop’s duck collection now stands at 1065 ducks.  His goal had been 1057 ducks because he is the 1057th Bishop in…

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Western New York Featured in New Book

Is a quality public education a privilege provided by a responsible government, or an inalienable right granted by God? For some, in recent years, the value of the public education system has come into question. At the same time, the call for better public education for the benefit of every child has grown equally loud….

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If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…

It’s a duck!  As many of you know, Bishop Franklin collects ducks.  He currently has over 600 ducks in his collection and wants to have 1057 ducks by the end of his episcopate. A flock of alphabet ducks have landed in Western New York.  Each duck has a different letter of the alphabet on them….

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Bishop Franklin on Sabbatical

Bishop Franklin will be on sabbatical from April 17 – August 17. Bishop Franklin has said that the focus of his sabbatical will be exploring how a variety of Dioceses and other Christian communities are responding to the challenges of the modern world and that he will be reflecting on the first part of his…

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Wardens and Vestry Day Draws a Crowd

The Second Annual Warden and Vestry day was held on Saturday.  More than 130 wardens and vestry members, and a few clergy, from 40 congregations gathered to talk and learn and pray and eat. Workshops were offered on topics ranging from implicit bias to websites and Facebook pages to partnerships with public schools to how…

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We are all immigrants: A statement on President Trump’s executive order

Our Diocesan Lenten Program in the Diocese of Western New York this year is called “A Space for Grace”.  The program will use Scripture and pieces of modern writing as launching pads for us to talk about our own stories and how those stories are informing our lives in the world today. I have been…

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Advent Message from Bishop Franklin

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit, he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Collect…

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Report Shows Achieving Racial Equity Will Benefit Entire Region

Leaders from government, industry, non-profits, and religious groups have spent nearly two years to conversation, research and discussion about the greater Buffalo region and how to address the issues of race, segregation and entrenched poverty. The Racial Equity Roundtable issued a report today. Their findings show that achieving racial equity will benefit all of Western…

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Statement from Bishop Franklin

We all woke up this morning to a country that has been revealed to us as more divided then most of us knew.  We woke up this morning to the realization that there are more people than most of us realized who feel themselves to be on the margins of our society.  We woke up…

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This Is What Resurrection Looks Like

Three years ago Grace Church, Randolph hosted a pre-convention meeting.  Just hours after everyone went home, the parish hall caught fire.  Quick work by several fire companies saved the church but the parish hall was destroyed. On Sunday October 16 the people of Grace Church, the Very Rev. Tom Broad, the rector of Grace Church,…

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Jim Eaton Summer Reading Program Now Underway!

The Jim Eaton Summer Reading Program has begun its second year with a new age range and new location. Taking the valuable lessons from last year, the Eaton Summer Reading Program made some changes for 2016, including a new location in the city of Buffalo (The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located in north…

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