Diocesan News

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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A New Reformation: Faith, Grace, Proclamation, Transformation – Diocesan Convention 2017

Where & When Friday and Saturday October 27 & 28, 2017 at the Buffalo-Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst   How to Register Clergy, Delegates, Alternates and Visitors all have to register the registration form is on the Convention page of the Diocesan web-site. There is a link to reserve hotel rooms on the Convention…

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Is God Calling You?

If you believe that God is calling you to the ordained ministry, the first step is to talk to the priest at your congregation. The next step is to attend an Explorer’s Day. The program of Explorer’s Day is a combination of prayer, Bible Study, Theological Reflection and some conversation about the ordination process and the…

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Diocese and Churches Awarded Grants

Several grants have been recently awarded to congregations in Western New York (and one to the diocese)! Last month, the New York Landmarks Conservancy announced that it was awarding two matching grants to Western New York congregations: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown was awarded a $45,000 Sacred Sites Challenge Grant for exterior brownstone restoration….

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A New Reformation: Faith, Grace, Proclamation, Transformation

This is the theme for the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Western New York. Convention will meet October 27 & 28 at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott on Millersport Highway in Amherst. The Lay Delegate Certificate is due from all congregations on July 1.  You can find the certificate on the Convention page of the…

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Sleep Away Camp Returns!!!

Sleep Away camp will be returning this August for children between the ages of 8 and 12.  The camp will be held Sunday August 13 to Wednesday August 16 at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp in Bemus Point.  Campers will have the opportunities to canoe, swim, do an adventure rope course, play gaga ball, sing, do…

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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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Youth on the Loose

The Senior High First Thirty Program: “Escape Room in a Box” was held at Trinity, Hamburg Saturday, May 6. The youth had to use the Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal 1982 and the Bible to open a series of locks. Plans are already in place for the next Escape Room in a Box! Many…

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U.S., Canada police agencies to honor officers killed on duty

Law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty will be honored at 7 p.m.Wednesday, May 17, at the 20th annual Niagara Interfaith Chaplaincy Police Memorial Service. The service will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., Lewiston.  Police agencies from across Western New York and Southern Ontario will participate in…

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

Please note!!  The location for the Senior High Escape Room event has changed, due to flooding at Holy Communion in Lakeview.  The new location for the Senior High event will be Trinity Church in Hamburg (261 E. Main St.).  All other details (date/time) remain the same. April 28-29 – Journeys Journeys is an event for…

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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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