Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Bishop Franklin

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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Bishop Franklin’s 2017 Christmas Message

Many families, including my own, are in the process of setting up our Nativity scenes.  The center of most Nativity scenes is the baby in the manger. I find the figure of the baby in the manger particularly meaningful this Christmas because my own family has our own baby, my granddaughter, Rey.  She isn’t lying…

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Bishop Franklin’s Statement on Sutherland Springs

I wish that I could say that I was shocked by the shooting on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. I am deeply saddened by the senseless deaths of innocent people who had sought only to seek the presence of Christ and join together in worship and fellowship.  I am deeply…

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180th Convention Followup

The 180th Convention of the Diocese of Western New York was held October 27 & 28 in Amherst. Convention is a combination of worship, fellowship and business.  The theme of this year’s Convention was A New Reformation: Faith, Grace, Proclamation and Transformation. We welcomed guests from the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, including their Bishop, the…

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Considering a Shared Future

The Rev. Earle King had an organ recital on the books, and he was no more eager than the next busy person to lose two days of rehearsal time to attend a meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania, convened for something called “compression planning.” But he serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Western New…

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From the Bishops and Standing Committee Presidents

September 22, 2017 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Last weekend at a meeting of the clergy of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Bishop Franklin announced that he will retire on April 3, 2019, as required by the canons of the Episcopal Church. His letter, which you can read here,  says…

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