Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Bishop Franklin

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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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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