Diocesan News

Welcoming the Stranger Video Available Soon

Next month, congregations in the diocese will receive in the mail a DVD that contains a new how-to video on refugee ministry titled “Welcoming the Stranger.” The production, completed just in time for World Refugee Day on June 20, is the result of a two-and-a-half year collaboration between the people of St. Peter’s, Eggertsville, their…

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Moving Beyond Good Intentions

Earlier this month, the Bishop James Theodore Holly Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians hosted the organization’s Northeast Regional Conference in Niagara Falls. The weekend event, which included Episcopalians from across the region, will benefit the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania for years to come, its organizers say. “We wanted a…

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On the Road to Emmaus Together: An Easter Message from Bishop Sean

Dear friends, Every Easter morning, I find myself relieved that it was Mary Magdalene, and not me, who was the first one at the empty tomb. She had what it took: a profound faith in what she saw but did not yet understand and a willingness to proclaim the Resurrection without confirmation or analysis. Those…

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A Thank You from Bishop Sean

Dear friends in Christ: Thank you for the generous welcome that you extended to Carly, Lauren and me on Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral. I was glad to see so many of you and to have the chance to worship together. I am especially grateful that we were able to begin our ministry together by…

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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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Youngstown Parish Donates New Senior Van

When the people of St. John’s, Youngstown realized that their community’s senior van was worn out and in need of replacement, they wanted to help. This past April, they kicked off a fund drive to buy a new van for the village, and this past Thursday, January 24, a brand new 2019 Chrysler Pacifica was…

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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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