Diocesan News

Good Friday Worship

  Bishop Sean Rowe officiated at the partnership’s Good Friday service, which included readings by Julie Spina, Good Shepherd, Buffalo; Gary Loncki, St. Mark’s, Erie; Aidan Fodor, St. Luke’s, Jamestown; Amy Swanson, St. Paul’s, Stafford; and Josephine Robbins, St. Philip’s, Buffalo. The music was by Craig and Jill Dressler, St. Mark’s, Erie.

Maundy Thursday Worship

  Our Maundy Thursday service was led by Bishop Sean, with Dean Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie, preaching and music by Craig and Jill Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie.

Worship Videos Available on YouTube

While our churches are closed, Bishop Sean and other leaders across the partnership dioceses are offering worship online. Find videos of many of those services on the partnership YouTube channel.

Jesus Came In Alongside A Mess: Bishop Sean’s Palm Sunday Sermon

On Palm Sunday, Bishop Sean preached about the Gospel of Matthew’s account of the passion. “Holy Week has twists and turns,” he said, “but spoiler alert, the ending is really good. God makes something new out of what is a mess.” A partial recording of the online Palm Sunday service led by people from across…

Holy Week and Easter Offering to Feed People in Need

Across our region, congregations and community organizations are finding safe ways to provide meals for first responders, health care workers, children going hungry without the meals they usually eat at school, and families who are facing job loss. This year, our partnership Holy Week and Easter Offering will support programs and organizations across our region…

Worship Online During Holy Week: New Link Required

You can join any of the partnership Holy Week and Easter online services listed below using this link: If you need a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial 646-876-9923 and use code 127336938#. Palm Sunday April 5 at 10 a.m. Bishop Sean Rowe, preaching The Very Rev. Derrick Fetz,…

Financial Relief for Congregations During the Pandemic

Congregations have a variety of options for financial relief during the pandemic. Some details and recommendations are posted below. Any congregation seeking financial relief is urged first to email Canon Cindy Dougan, canon for finance, or Maria Manocchio, missioner for finance, to discuss best options and how the partnership dioceses can be of assistance. Paycheck…

Watch Worship for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

On March 22, Bishop Sean led worship online with the Very Rev. Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie. Watch the service on YouTube.

Suspension of In-Person Worship to Last Through Holy Week and Easter

Earlier today in a video conversation with clergy of the partnership, Bishop Sean announced that the suspension of in-person worship will extend at least through Holy Week and Easter. His decision follows Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s March 17 request that in-person public worship, including Holy Week and Easter services, be suspended. Bishop Sean is working with…

Worship Opportunities during COVID-19 Social Distancing Period

On March 12, Bishop Sean wrote to the partnership dioceses that, due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, he is suspending in-person worship for the next three weeks. “My only concerns are the safety of the people of our dioceses and the welfare of the communities in which we live and work,” he writes. “As…

Offering Online Worship: A Simple Guide

During this time as we respond to the spread of COVID-19, parishes may wish to provide live streams of their services so that those who must stay home feel included. Some churches may at some point not be able to gather in person at all, and may want to offer online worship only. Below are…