Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Diocesan News

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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Welcome Table at Lafayette High School

Fifty volunteers from both Episcopal and Roman Catholic traditions as well as service groups from Canisius College, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and Hamburg High school, joined together to offer a  “Welcome Table” opportunity at Lafayette High school on March 4, 2017. The school is home to refugee and immigrant students from all over the world. …

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Episcopal Partnership for Mission and Outreach Receives Bequest

The Episcopal Partnership for Mission and Outreach has received a bequest from the estate of Olive Bellamy.  The generous bequest will allow the Partnership not to have a fundraising campaign during Lent this year. Olive Bellamy, the daughter of Reginald and Fanny Bellamy, died in December of 2014. The Episcopal Partnership for Mission and Outreach…

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Presiding Bishop Visits Western New York

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, visited Western New York this weekend. For the Presiding Bishop this was a homecoming.  Bishop Curry was raised in Western New York.  His father, Kenneth Curry was rector of St. Philip’s, Buffalo. During his visit the Presiding Bishop met with the Diocesan clergy, had…

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Wardens and Vestry Day Draws a Crowd

The Second Annual Warden and Vestry day was held on Saturday.  More than 130 wardens and vestry members, and a few clergy, from 40 congregations gathered to talk and learn and pray and eat. Workshops were offered on topics ranging from implicit bias to websites and Facebook pages to partnerships with public schools to how…

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