Diocesan News

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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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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