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Experimenting with Prayer Ministry at St. David’s, West Seneca

Bishop Sean is often heard to say that Episcopalians need to experiment for the sake of the gospel. Last month, St. David’s in West Seneca did just that when its rector, the Rev. Claudia Scheda, and several parishioners experimented with a new kind of prayer ministry. The idea originated when a member of the congregation…

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Pre-Convention Meetings in October

Members of both the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania are invited to attend one of four joint pre-convention gatherings: October 3 at 7 p.m. at St. James, Batavia, New York October 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s, Jamestown, New York October 7 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s, Franklin, Pennsylvania October…

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Heading to Convention on the Road to Emmaus: An update from Bishop Sean

In this new video, Bishop Sean offers an update on what’s happened since April, when the partnership of the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York got underway. He invites everyone to convention in Erie on October 25 and 26, but don’t expect business as usual! Convention begins with registration and continental breakfast from…

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New Staff Structure: A Letter from Bishop Sean

Dear Friends:  In the four months since we celebrated the beginning of our partnership with a festive Eucharist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, the leaders and staff of both of our dioceses have been working hard with me to lay the groundwork for strong and productive collaboration. Today I want to update you on…

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Standing Against Gun Violence and Racism: A Letter from Bishop Sean

Dear friends: Since last Sunday, three different gunmen have opened fire on crowds of innocent people, killing at least 32 people and wounding many more. In two of the cases, the shooter’s motive is unclear; in the deadliest of these three attacks, at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the shooter posted a hateful anti-immigrant…

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New Diaconal Formation Program in 2020

The Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York have developed a new joint deacon formation program that will begin in the fall of 2020. The process of creating the program began in 2017, said Canon Vanessa Butler, who oversees the ordination process on the bishop’s staff in Northwestern Pennsylvania. “Our Joint Board of Examining…

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Melinda Hall Makes Northwestern Pennsylvania Home

The Rev. Melinda Hall spent time in South Korea, Lebanon and England and lived in Kentucky and New Jersey before she moved to Brookville, Pennsylvania. Despite her global experience, she hoped her next career move would keep her in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. That wish came true on Sunday when she was named dean-elect…

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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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