Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Diocesan News

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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Middle School Youth Invited on a Journey

The next Journeys weekend for our middle school aged youth (grades 6-8) will be Friday November 17 to Saturday November 18 at the Diocesan Ministry Center.  Journeys is a program that allows the youth to explore different ways of finding how God may be found in their lives.  The underlying premise of the program is…

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Message from Bishop Franklin about Puerto Rico

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I know that we have all been watching the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico over the last few days.  In the face of such destruction and need, the temptation can be to jump in and do anything, or to be overwhelmed and do nothing.  I believe the best…

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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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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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