Collaboration with NWPA

The Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania have been working together in a variety of ways for several years.  Beginning in the fall of 2017, we are exploring the possibility of a much closer collaboration.

On December 22, our two dioceses launched the Rustbelt Episcopal Facebook page. Here, you will find updates from the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, as we consider a shared future that includes the possibility of sharing a bishop for the next five years. Check out our website at, and look out for an email newsletter coming soon.

Stay tuned for dates and locations of upcoming listening sessions taking place in Western New York in February and Northwestern Pennsylvania in April.

Download a copy of Bishop Franklin’s retirement letter.

Download a copy of the September 22, 2017 letter from the bishops and standing committee presidents.

Download a copy of the report from the October 8-9 compression session.

Download the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here.

Read “On Being Included in the Creative Process” by the Rev. Sare Anuszkiewicz


Listening Sessions Scheduled

What do you think about the proposed partnership between the Diocese of Western New York and the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania? Between now and mid-March, all members of both dioceses are invited to share their ideas, hopes and concerns at one of eight listening sessions:
January 31, 7 p.m.St. Luke’s, Jamestown (WNY Cattaraugus/Chautauqua region)
February 1, 7 p.m.St. Andrews, Buffalo (WNY Central Erie region)
February 7, 7 p.m.St. Marks, North Tonawanda (WNY Northern region)
February 8, 7 p.m.St. Matthias, East Aurora (WNY Southern Erie region)
February 28, 7 p.m.St. James, Batavia (WNY Genesee region)
March 1, 7 p.m.Calvary, Williamsville (WNY Eastern Erie region)
March 19, 6:30 p.m.St. John’s, Franklin (NWPA)
March 20, 6:30 p.m.St. John’s, Kane (NWPA)