Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Collaboration with NWPA

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

On December 22, our two dioceses launched the Rustbelt Episcopal Facebook page. Here, you will find updates from the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York, as we consider a shared future that includes the possibility of sharing a bishop for the next five years. Check out our website at https://rustbeltepiscopal.org/, 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.