Diocesan News

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is coming to Western New York

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jerre Feagin Retiring

The Rev. Canon Jerre Feagin has announced his “second retirement,” effective mid-to-late February 2017.  Jerre has served almost 39 of his 43 years as a priest in our Diocese at Good Shepherd, Buffalo, Calvary, Williamsville, St. Peter’s, Eggertsville, St. Mark’s, North Tonawanda and St. Matthias’, East Aurora. For the past four years Canon Feagin has…

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Diocesan Staff Welcomes New Member

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Please welcome Keri Mills, Bishop Franklin’s new executive secretary.  Keri comes to the Diocese with experience in project and executive management in the private sector.  Keri will be managing the Bishop’s calendar, visitation schedule, correspondence and undertaking other executive administrative functions for the Diocese. Anything that previously had been sent to Lorraine Hapeman, including pre-visitation…

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Lorraine Hapeman Announces Retirement

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Lorraine Hapeman, Executive Assistant to Bishop Franklin, will be retiring at the end of 2016.  Lorraine has served the Diocese of Western New York for 37 years in a variety of positions.  She has served as Executive Assistant to Bishops Bowman, Garrison & Franklin. Lorraine was hired by Bishop Robinson in 1979 and held several…

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Two Deacons Ordained to Serve the Genesee Region

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Bishop Franklin ordained Diana Leiker and Susan Firestine to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday December 10 at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The role of the deacon is to bring the needs of the world to the church and bring the church to the world. In his sermon, Bishop Franklin noted that this is a particularly important…

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St. James’, Batavia Receives Stewardship Award

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Last month the Landmark Society of Western New York presented St. James’, Batavia with their 2016 Stewardship Award for the restoration of the bell tower of the church. The Society said that “… Your distinctive Gothic Revival building was constructed in 1908 and over the past several years has undergone a major restoration of the…

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Report Shows Achieving Racial Equity Will Benefit Entire Region

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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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