Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

The Bishop is Coming

rwf_formalThe Bishop’s visit to a congregation should be a time for celebration of the ministry of the whole congregation.

Think about how the Bishop can be a part of the life of your church. He can:

  • Meet with confirmands prior to the service
  • Meet with vestry and wardens following the service
  • Teach an adult education class on any of the following topics
    • The first 50 years of the Church
    • How the Episcopal Church works
    • How the Episcopal Church came to be
    • What does a Bishop do all day?
  • Spend time with a children’s or youth Sunday School Class

The Bishop loves to hear about the history of church buildings, windows and organs, have someone share something special with him.

rwf_formal_2_webIf you have other ideas please feel free to ask – please confirm any events with Keri Mills (kmills@episcopalwny.org) before you publicize any events.

Use the Bishop’s visit as an opportunity to publicize your congregation.  Write an article about the Bishop’s visit for your local newspaper and send it to them 10 days before the visit. Here is a draft of an article you can adapt.

A biography of the Bishop can be found here.

Bishop Franklin collects ducks (not live ones).  His goal is to have 1057 ducks by the end of his episcopate (ask him why).  You might think about ways to work presenting one (or several) ducks to him during his visit.

Bishop Franklin’s Customary

Confirmation Report Form


Bishop Franklin’s 2017 Visitation Schedule

Please check with the Bishop’s Secretary, Keri Mills at 716-881-0660 x11 if you believe there is a discrepancy in any date listed below, as unforeseen circumstances may result in changes to this visitation schedule.

January 8 – St. Jude’s, Buffalo

January 15 – St. Luke’s, Attica

January 29 – St. Peter’s, Eggertsville

February 5 – St. Mark’s & All Saints’, Buffalo

February 12 – St. Paul’s Cathedral

February 26 – Calvary, Williamsville

March 5 – Cathedral 200th Anniversary

Saturday March 18 – Trinity, Lancaster

March 19 – St. Paul’s, Harris Hill

March 26 – St. Patrick’s, Cheektowaga

April 2 – St. Mark’s, LeRoy

April 9 – Trinity, Buffalo

April 16 – Easter – St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo

September 10 – St. Paul’s, Holley

September 17 – Trinity, Warsaw

October 1 – St. Stephen’s, Olean

October 8 – St. Peter’s, Westfield

October 15 – St. Mary’s, Salamanca

October 22 – St. Luke’s, Jamestown

October 29 – St. James’, Batavia

November 5 – Grace, Randolph

November 12 – St. Mark’s, Orchard Park

November 19 – St. Michael & All Angels’, Buffalo

December 3 – Ascension, Buffalo

December 10 – St. John’s, Medina

December 17 – St. Paul’s, Stafford