Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Diocesan News

Lillian Davis-Wilson elected to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church

The Rev. Deacon Lillian Davis-Wilson was elected as the clerical representative from Province II to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church at the recent meeting of the Synod of Province II. Province II consists of the Dioceses of New York, Long Island, Albany, Central New York, Rochester, Western New York, New Jersey, Newark, Haiti,…

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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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Ukeleles Sound in Kenmore

Church of the Advent in Kenmore (54 Delaware Rd.) has a unique feature: a Ukulele Sing A Long Group that gathers each Tuesday for an hour at the church. They formed 2 years ago, led by Jennifer May (former Secretary at Church of the Advent). They have performed at various Nursing homes and the Niagara Falls…

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Home for Christmas

Two Western New York congregations will be coming home for Christmas.  Both St. Paul’s in Mayville and St. Matthew’s in South Buffalo have not been able to worship in their sanctuaries for several months. Both congregations have had issues with their church buildings that led to their sanctuaries being unsafe for people to be in….

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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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On Being Included in the Creative Process

The Forward, the blog of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania has been publishing some pieces on the proposed collaboration between our two Dioceses.  The latest piece was written by The Rev. Sare Anuskiewicz from Western New York.  You can read The Forward here (https://dionwpanews.org/).  Here is Sare’s piece on the creative process.   We are…

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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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