Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Diocesan Events

These are events that are happening in the next few weeks in the Diocese and the dates of some events further out.  If you are part of a committee or commission of the Diocese and are having an event or meeting that you want people to know about, please submit your event for posting on this page.


February 24
Warden & Vestry Day
Diocesan Ministry Center

The Third Annual Warden and Vestry Day will be Saturday February 24 at the Diocesan Ministry Center (1064 Brighton Rd, Tonawanda).

All wardens and members of vestry are invited (the clergy are invited to tag along if they want).

Check in begins at 9:30 and the program begins at 10 am.  The day will include Morning Prayer, time with the bishop, and a plenary session on how congregations, dioceses and the Episcopal Church work and who does what.

There will be three workshop sessions.  Each workshop session will have three workshops.  There will be workshops on: the Diocesan Webhosting program, Smart Building Management, Title IV, Mutual Ministry Reviews, Facebook Advertising, Licensed Lay Ministries, the Full Share Process and many others.

There is also time for wardens and vestry members to talk with people from other congregations, get to know each other and see what good ideas they can pick up from each other.

Lunch is provided and the day will end at 4 pm.

The day is free, but registration is required.  Registration is now open! 

The registration deadline is February 14.

Contact Vicki Zust vzust@episcopalwny.org with any questions.

Please note: The Youth of the Diocese will again be holding a Bake Sale to benefit the Youth Programs during Warden & Vestry Day, so bring your dollars and support the youth!


March 11, 2018
Discover Sundays!
Afternoon at the Movies: “Hidden Figures”

“Hidden Figures” tells the amazing true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who were three brilliant African American women working at NASA and who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn. This stunning achievement turned around the space race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines, and inspired generations. An introduction to the movie will be given by Edward H. Snell, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, and former scientist at NASA. Free popcorn, candy and beverages will be offered for all to enjoy during the show.

Everyone is invited – Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/lj56T9vviRcQJvfj2.


April 20-21
Journeys #8
St. Luke’s, Jamestown

The next Journeys Event for our Jr. High youth will be Friday April 20 – Saturday April 21 (7 pm to 3 pm) at St. Luke’s in Jamestown.  Journeys underlying premise is that we are all on a spiritual journey and that in all journeys there are choices, bumps, smooth passages, dead ends, and unexpected surprises.  Throughout the weekend, the youth will be able to explore various ways in which they might be able to “Find God”.  The adult leaders and high school age youth will share something that they do that brings them closer to God.

To register a 6th to 8th grader for the event, please print the Journeys Registration Form and send with payment to the Ministry Center.  Contact Wendy Schumacher, wschumacher@episcopalwny.org, with any questions.


June 2
Star Wars Night at the Bisons
Coca Cola Field, Buffalo

May the Force be with you on Saturday June 2nd (6:05 pm start) for a great night of Bison baseball, some of your favorite Star Wars characters, and an awesome firework show.  The diocese has reserved a group of seats on the third baseline for the evening.  Tickets are $11.00.  To order tickets, please print out the Bisons Game Flyer and send in with payment to the ministry center by May 1st.  All questions should be directed to Wendy Schumacher, First Thirty Event Coordinator, at wschumacher@episcopalwny.org.


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)


Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • March 22 – One Diocese Event @ Diocesan Ministry Center
  • March 27 – Renewal of Ordination Vows @ St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • May 4-5 – Senior High Youth Event
  • May 12 – Clergy Day @ Diocesan Ministry Center
  • May 19 – Postulants & Candidates Day
  • May 20 – Discover Sundays! @ Roycroft Campus, East Aurora