Diocesan News

Junior High Youth go on a Journey; Senior High Youth work on escaping

April 28-29 – Journeys Journeys is an event for our junior high aged youth (grades 6-8) with an underlying premise that we are all on a spiritual journey and that in all journeys there are choices, bumps, smooth passages, dead ends, and unexpected surprises. Particularly for junior high youth the important lesson is that in…

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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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Welcome Table at Lafayette High School

Fifty volunteers from both Episcopal and Roman Catholic traditions as well as service groups from Canisius College, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and Hamburg High school, joined together to offer a  “Welcome Table” opportunity at Lafayette High school on March 4, 2017. The school is home to refugee and immigrant students from all over the world. …

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Episcopal Partnership for Mission and Outreach Receives Bequest

The Episcopal Partnership for Mission and Outreach has received a bequest from the estate of Olive Bellamy.  The generous bequest will allow the Partnership not to have a fundraising campaign during Lent this year. Olive Bellamy, the daughter of Reginald and Fanny Bellamy, died in December of 2014. The Episcopal Partnership for Mission and Outreach…

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Presiding Bishop Visits Western New York

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, visited Western New York this weekend. For the Presiding Bishop this was a homecoming.  Bishop Curry was raised in Western New York.  His father, Kenneth Curry was rector of St. Philip’s, Buffalo. During his visit the Presiding Bishop met with the Diocesan clergy, had…

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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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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is coming to Western New York

The Presiding Bishop will be here March 3 – 5, 2017. On Friday March 3, the Presiding Bishop will have lunch and meet with the clergy of the Diocese.  The clergy event will take place at the Diocesan Ministry Center from noon to 2:30 pm.  All the clergy of the Diocese are welcome.  RSVP to…

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Second Annual Warden and Vestry Day

The Second Annual Warden and Vestry Day will be Saturday February 25 at the Diocesan Ministry Center (1064 Brighton Rd, Tonawanda). All wardens and members of vestry are invited (the clergy are invited to tag along if they want). Check in begins at 9:30 and the program begins at 10 am.  The day will include…

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Lent Program Announced

In the last several years, the Diocese of Western New York has done a “One Diocese, One Season, One Book” program.  The whole diocese was invited to read the same book, meet in their congregations to discuss the book and come together to meet the author. This year we are doing something just a little…

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Alice Brown accepts position at Calvary Church

Alice Brown will be leaving her position with the Diocese of Western New York to take a position with Calvary Church, Williamsville.  Alice’s last day in the office will be Friday February 3. Bishop Franklin said, “The whole Diocese is grateful for Alice’s diligence and work.  Everyone in the Diocese knows who I mean when…

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Cheryl Fisher Appointed Chancellor

Bishop Franklin has appointed Ms. Cheryl Fisher, Esq. as Chancellor of the Diocese of Western New York.  Cheryl succeeds James Fanning and is the first woman to serve as Chancellor of the Diocese.  Bishop Franklin said, “I am so pleased that Cheryl has agreed to serve as Chancellor of Western New York.  She is a…

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St. Peter’s Welcomes Niagara Mass Mob

Niagara Mass Mob invited everyone to join in its first ever Mass Mob at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, January 8th at 10 am. It was a bracing service. It was 15 degrees with the wind chill -18 coming off the falls. It was the inaugural event for Niagara Falls “Mass Mob.” 75 people…

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