Diocesan News

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

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

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

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

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

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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Council Makes Grants for Collaborative Ministries

In 2015 there was a unique set of circumstances in the Diocese of Western New York. There was transition in several Diocesan staff positions and those positions were filled in an interim time with consultants and volunteers.  There were a few programs that did not spend their entire budget.  Nearly all of the congregations either…

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Convention Goes on Field Trips

The 179th Convention of the Diocese of Western New York highlighted the theme of connection, collaboration and celebration. Bishop Franklin, Bishop Sean Rowe of Northwestern Pennsylvania and banquet speaker Brittany Love, executive director of A Movable Feast all struck themes of building collaborations, taking risks, trying new things and following Jesus Christ out into the…

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179th Diocesan Convention

Lay Delegates and Clergy of the Diocese of Western New York are gathering at the 179th Diocesan Convention this weekend.  The Convention is taking place in Niagara Falls. Delegates will elect members of the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, the Trustees of the Diocese and Deputies and Alternate Deputies to the 2018 General Convention of the…

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This Is What Resurrection Looks Like

Three years ago Grace Church, Randolph hosted a pre-convention meeting.  Just hours after everyone went home, the parish hall caught fire.  Quick work by several fire companies saved the church but the parish hall was destroyed. On Sunday October 16 the people of Grace Church, the Very Rev. Tom Broad, the rector of Grace Church,…

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Convention Preseason Starts Tonight

The Preseason for Diocesan Convention begins with the first game, or rather meeting, tonight. The Preseason meetings give delegates, clergy and any one else a chance to meet the candidates for Diocesan offices, hear about the Diocesan budget and resolutions that are coming to Convention and to ask questions. The theme of Convention is “and…

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Genesis Center Grand Opening September 29

Why would a church buy a bar? Especially a run-down bar?  It was a natural question when St. Simon’s Episcopal Church purchased the building at 2161 Seneca Street at a tax auction.  The answer is that they had a vision and a hope for the future of their neighbors. St. Simon’s had housed a food…

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