Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Diocesan Council

Diocesan CouncilDiocesan Council exercises all of the powers of the Diocesan Convention between annual Conventions. Meetings occur monthly, September through June, on the third Thursday of the month, September through June at 6:00 p.m. at the diocesan office. Council consists of:

  • The bishop
  • 3 clergy representatives elected by Diocesan Convention
  • 6 lay representatives elected by Diocesan Convention
  • 3 persons appointed by the Bishop (including 1 youth representative)

Anyone who would like to bring a matter to Diocesan Council should contact Canon Cathy Dempesy-Sims (cdsims@episcopalwny.org).


Current Representatives

  • Mr. Wayne A. Blassingame (2018)
  • Ms. Elisabeth Brauza-Hughes (2018)
  • The Rev. Deacon Lillian Davis-Wilson (2018)
  • Mr. Reid Heffner (2019)
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Ihiasota (2019)
  • Ms. Cheri Maytum-Krull (2020)
  • The Rev. Bonnie Morris (2020)
  • Ms. Wendy Palmer (2019)
  • Ms. Sue Stanislawski (2020)

Ex Officio

  • Bishop R. William Franklin
  • Ms. Maria Manocchio (Financial Assistant)
  • Mr. Robert Matson (Treasurer)


Minutes of Council Meetings

September 2017
June meeting cancelled
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December meeting cancelled due to weather
November 2016
October 2016

Minutes of Diocesan Council meetings are posted once they have been approved by the Council, on a 12 month rolling basis.  Older minutes may be obtained from the Diocesan Office.