Collaboration with NWPA

The Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania have been working together in a variety of ways for several years.  Since the fall of 2017, we have been exploring the possibility of a much closer collaboration.

On December 22, 2017, our two dioceses launched the Rustbelt Episcopal Facebook page. Here, you can find updates from the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, as we consider a shared future that includes the decision to share a bishop for the next five years. Check out our website at, and look out for an email newsletter coming soon.

Download a copy of Bishop Franklin’s retirement letter.

Download a copy of the September 22, 2017 letter from the bishops and standing committee presidents.

Download a copy of the report from the October 8-9 compression session.

Download the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions here.

Read “On Being Included in the Creative Process” by the Rev. Sare Anuszkiewicz

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.

On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York elected the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe as Bishop Provisional for a period of 5 years, to commence in April 2019.  Read all about it!

Download a printable copy of this map!