Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Farewell Bishop Franklin

The Rt. Rev. R. William FranklinThere are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building.  Mark your calendars now!

Regional Gathering One
hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Genesee, Northern Region, Central Erie and Eastern Erie on Sunday March 17, at St. James, Batavia, 3 pm to 4:30 pm.

Regional Gathering Two
hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Cattaraugus/Chautauqua and Southern Erie on Saturday March 23 at St. Luke’s, Jamestown, 3pm-4:30 pm

These Regional Gatherings are designed to be “good old fashioned church potlucks,” so plan on bringing your best “dish to share” and have an opportunity to say good-bye to Bishop Bill.

A Service of Good-Bye and Hello
On Sunday April 7 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, 3 pm there will be a service where we will celebrate Bishop Bill’s ministry among us as well as formally welcoming Bishop Sean as our Bishop, Provisional. A reception will follow the service. Due to recent water damage at the Guaranty Building, we are seeking a new venue; please watch future issues of Postings for updates.

Please plan on joining Bishop Bill at one (or all!!) of these events. 

PLEASE no ducks…if you wish to do something to honor the Bishop, donations to the Franklin Fund are most appreciated!