Episcopal Diocese of Western New York
Bishop Franklin

Bishop Franklin’s Farewell Letter

April 2, 2019 Dear friends, The big day has nearly arrived. On Sunday afternoon at a special service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, I will pass the crozier to Bishop Sean Rowe and retire as your bishop. It will be a bittersweet day for me, because my heart will be full of thanksgiving for our ministry…

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Bishop Franklin’s Farewell Video

In a final video for the Diocese of Western New York, Bishop Bill Franklin remembers his episcopacy and reflects on the legacy he is leaving for the people of the diocese. Come thank Bishop Bill for his ministry at the Service of Goodbye and Hello on April 7 at 3 pm at the St. Paul’s…

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Bishop Franklin to Serve in Long Island: Retiring bishop will also teach, lead churchwide bodies

Bishop Bill Franklin, who will retire as bishop of Western New York on April 3, will become assisting bishop in the Diocese of Long Island in May. “Bishop Bill Franklin is a wonderfully gifted bishop whose experience and wisdom will add a great deal to the overall ministry of our diocese,” said Bishop Larry Provenzano,…

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Farewell Bishop Franklin

There 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…

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Taking a Different Road Home: Bishop Franklin’s Epiphany Message

Dear friends, In Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, we heard the familiar story of the three magi who traveled from faraway lands in the East to pay homage to the infant Jesus. Only Matthew records this story, and even from him, we get only a little information. We don’t really know who the…

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No One Expected This!: Bishop Franklin’s Christmas Message

Dear Friends, After four weeks of Advent waiting and watching, Christmas has finally arrived. Many of us welcome the holiday with the same rituals each year-we put up a tree, we buy and wrap presents, we attend a pageant or a midnight service on Christmas Eve. Our memories of Christmases past blur together, like those…

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Saying Yes to the Journey: Bishop Franklin’s Advent Message

Dear Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Western New York: In a new Advent curriculum based on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “Way of Love” initiative, the first week in Advent is dedicated to “Saying Yes to the Journey.” I am struck by just how right this way of thinking about Advent is, especially here…

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A Statement from Bishop Franklin on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Western New York, We have news today of another heartbreaking shooting, this one at a synagogue in Pittsburgh where a gunman shouted an anti-Semitic slogan before opening fire. A number of people were killed and others wounded. We are people who believe that a light shines in…

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Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania Ratify Partnership: Bishop Rowe will lead both dioceses

NIAGARA FALLS, NY–The Episcopal Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York voted today to share a bishop and a staff for the next five years as they explore a deeper relationship focused on creating new opportunities for mission.  The move was formalized when Western New York elected the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of…

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Intercepting the Stones of Racism: Dean Kelly Brown Douglas Reinvigorates Racial Equity Work in Diocese

Nearly 300 people turned out last weekend for three events with the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, an eminent theologian and dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her visit to the diocese marked the rebirth of the Diocesan Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, led by the Honorable…

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A Message from Bishop Bill about General Convention

I want to share with you today my thoughts on two significant decisions made by our recent General Convention that I find to be most promising as we move forward as the Body of Christ and as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. First, the Book of Common Prayer.  Contrary to what a lot…

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Presiding Bishop Curry, Bishop Franklin and Bishop Rowe Wrapping Up General Convention

After a blessing from Buffalo native Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Bill and Bishop Sean talk about the support they have received for partnership between our dioceses from their colleagues at General Convention.