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Bishop Franklin to Serve in Long Island: Retiring bishop will also teach, lead churchwide bodies

Bishop Bill Franklin, who will retire as bishop of Western New York on April 3, will become assisting bishop in the Diocese of Long Island in May. “Bishop Bill Franklin is a wonderfully gifted bishop whose experience and wisdom will add a great deal to the overall ministry of our diocese,” said Bishop Larry Provenzano,…

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Farewell Bishop Franklin

There are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building.  Mark your calendars now! Regional Gathering One hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Genesee, Northern Region, Central Erie…

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Youngstown Parish Donates New Senior Van

When the people of St. John’s, Youngstown realized that their community’s senior van was worn out and in need of replacement, they wanted to help. This past April, they kicked off a fund drive to buy a new van for the village, and this past Thursday, January 24, a brand new 2019 Chrysler Pacifica was…

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Taking a Different Road Home: Bishop Franklin’s Epiphany Message

Dear friends, In Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, we heard the familiar story of the three magi who traveled from faraway lands in the East to pay homage to the infant Jesus. Only Matthew records this story, and even from him, we get only a little information. We don’t really know who the…

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No One Expected This!: Bishop Franklin’s Christmas Message

Dear Friends, After four weeks of Advent waiting and watching, Christmas has finally arrived. Many of us welcome the holiday with the same rituals each year-we put up a tree, we buy and wrap presents, we attend a pageant or a midnight service on Christmas Eve. Our memories of Christmases past blur together, like those…

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Saying Yes to the Journey: Bishop Franklin’s Advent Message

Dear Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Western New York: In a new Advent curriculum based on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “Way of Love” initiative, the first week in Advent is dedicated to “Saying Yes to the Journey.” I am struck by just how right this way of thinking about Advent is, especially here…

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A Statement from Bishop Franklin on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Western New York, We have news today of another heartbreaking shooting, this one at a synagogue in Pittsburgh where a gunman shouted an anti-Semitic slogan before opening fire. A number of people were killed and others wounded. We are people who believe that a light shines in…

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Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania Ratify Partnership: Bishop Rowe will lead both dioceses

NIAGARA FALLS, NY–The Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York voted today to share a bishop and a staff for the next five years as they explore a deeper relationship focused on creating new opportunities for mission.  The move was formalized when Western New York elected the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of…

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A Pre-Convention Greeting from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

In this new video, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry greets the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania in advance of our joint diocesan convention in Niagara Falls on October 26 and 27. “It’s a particular blessing to address you and encourage you and to assure you of my prayers and the prayers of your brothers and sisters…

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Buckling the Belt on October 7

On October 7, two congregations—one in the Diocese of Western New York and the other in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania—will take a long walk. Along the way, they will pray for each other, for their dioceses, and for the upcoming convention at which they will vote on whether to embark on a partnership that…

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Intercepting the Stones of Racism: Dean Kelly Brown Douglas Reinvigorates Racial Equity Work in Diocese

Nearly 300 people turned out last weekend for three events with the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, an eminent theologian and dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her visit to the diocese marked the rebirth of the Diocesan Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, led by the Honorable…

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The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas Visits the Diocese in September: Save the Date

On Saturday, September 15 at 3 pm at the Diocesan Ministry Center, the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and author of “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” will give a public address and answer questions from the audience. A reception will…

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