Bishop Franklin

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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Statement of Bishop William Franklin on Recent Violent Acts

Once again our hearts break. Two more African-American men have been killed by police officers. And now five officers in Dallas have been struck down as they attempted to keep the peace during a rally protesting police violence and honoring those dead black men.  Several other people who were part of the peace rally have been…

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Statement from Bishop Franklin on Orlando

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Once again our hearts are broken as we heard of the mass shootings in Orlando. This violence appears to be both a hate crime and an act of terror. We pray for those who have died, we pray for those who are injured and traumatized, for their families, for…

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Parishes Celebrated Feast of Corpus Christi

The feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for The Body of Christ) is observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.  It is a commemoration of and thanksgiving for the Eucharist.  It was first observed in Rome in the thirteenth century and spread through the church in Europe through the fourteenth century.  St. Thomas Aquinas composed a service…

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Two Bishops Receive Award

The New York State Council of Churches recently awarded the first Excellence in Ecumenism award to Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The Ven. William Parnell, President of the Council said, “In a time when Christian denominations…

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