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 ( 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 2018 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 21, 2018 – Good Shepherd, Buffalo

January 28, 2018 – St. John’s-Grace, Buffalo

February 4, 2018 – Trinity, Buffalo

February 11, 2018 – St. Paul’s Cathedral

March 4, 2018 – St. Paul’s, Harris Hill

March 25, 2018 – Christ, Lockport

April 1, 2018 – Easter at St. Paul’s Cathedral

April 15, 2018 – St. Aidan’s, Alden

April 22, 2018 – Calvary, Williamsville

May 6, 2018 – St. Paul’s, Angola

May 13, 2018 – Holy Apostles’, Perry

May 20, 2018 – St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Grand Island

June 3, 2018 – St. Alban’s, Silver Creek

June 10, 2018 – St. Mark’s, Orchard Park

June 17, 2018 – St. Luke’s, Jamestown

September 9, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Gowanda

September 23, 2018 – St. James’, Batavia

September 30, 2018 – St. John the Baptist, Dunkirk

October 7, 2018 – St. Barnabas’, Franklinville

November 4, 2018 – St. Stephen’s, Niagara Falls

November 18, 2018 – St. John’s, Youngstown

December 9, 2018 – St. Jude’s, Buffalo

December 16, 2018 – St. Matthew’s, Buffalo