Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Diocesan Convention


The 181st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York will take place October 26-27, 2018 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY.

This Convention will be jointly held with the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.


Information about Convention

Convention will meet October 26 & 27 at the Convention and Events Center in Niagara Falls.  We have a block of rooms at the Sheraton Niagara Falls, 300 3rd St., Niagara Falls.

Registration opens at 10 am on Friday October 26.  The Budget hearing is at 11 am.

The Business session convenes at 1 pm.  The election for Bishop Provisional will take place during the Friday afternoon business session.

Eucharist will be at 5:15 pm on Friday at St. Peter’s, Niagara Falls and will be followed by dinner.

Saturday morning session begins at 9:30.  It is expected that Convention will adjourn around 3 pm.


Important Deadlines

The Lay Delegate Certificate is due from all congregations on July 1.  Download a copy of the Lay Delegate Certificate.

The deadline for submitting resolutions for Convention is August 30.  Download a copy of the instructions for how to submit resolutions.

We are looking for people willing to serve in a variety of roles in the Diocese:

  • Standing Committee –  1 lay person and 1 clergy person for 4 year terms;
  • Diocesan Council  – 2 lay people and 1 clergy person for 3 year terms;
  • Diocesan Trustees – 2 lay people for 3 year terms;

The online Nomination form can be found here.  The deadline for nominations is also August 30.



The online Convention Registration Form can be found here.

The Registration Fee for Convention is $50 per person.  The registration fee covers: Friday dinner; Saturday Continental Breakfast & Saturday lunch as well as beverages and snacks on Friday afternoon.

Friday lunch is optional and costs $25 per person.

The charge for printed Convention materials is $15.

The cost for Friday dinner only is $25 per person.

If you need to register multiple people together: The registration system we are using this year will only allow one registration session per email address.  However, you may register up to 9 people in a registration session. (Once information has been added for the first registrant, select “Guest Information” to add additional people.)  If you register part of your delegation, and need to register additional people later, you will need to use a different email address to do so.



Our discounted hotel block at the Sheraton is now full.  (Rooms may still be booked at standard rates.)

We have negotiated an additional block of rooms at the Hyatt Place, also at $135/night.  To book into this block, click this link, and type in the dates desired.  Under the “Special Rates” drop down pick “Corporate or Group Code”.  Our Group Code is “G-EWNY” (OCT 25th-26th)



There is some exhibit space in the lobby of the Convention Center.  The cost to reserve a table is $25.  Tables will be allotted on a first-come, first served basis.  To reserve a table, please fill out the linked form.



Friday Lunch

Cantina Grille Buffet
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup; Garden Taco Salad with Tortilla Strips & Ranch Dressing; Cheese Quesadillas with grilled peppers & onions; Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken; Tortilla Crusted Tilapia; Spanish Rice; Roasted Corn & Black Beans; Cinnamon Sugar Churros with Warm Caramel Sauce


Friday Dinner

Pine Avenue Buffet
Beans & Greens; Tossed Caeser Salad; Rigatoni a la Vodka with Peas; Chicken Piccata with Lemon Butter Sauce & Capers; Italian Sausage with peppers & onions; Squash Medley; Garlic Breadsticks; Mini Cannolis


Saturday Lunch

Southern Soul Buffet
Homemade Coleslaw; Garden Tossed Salad w/ 2 Dressings; Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Slow Roasted BBQ Pulled Pork; Homemade Mac & Cheese; Sweet Corn; Cornbread; Pecan Pie & Assorted cream pies


Additional Resources

2018 Notice of Convention

Standing Rules of Order

After downloading any form, please issue the save command to a location on your computer before you begin to enter your data. After entering your data, issue the save command again and then email or print & mail to the diocesan office.

2016 Convention Journal

2015 Convention Journal
2015 Convention Journal Appendices Part 1
2015 Convention Journal Appendices Part 2


2018 Preconvention Meetings

Preconvention meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 9 – 7 p.m. – St. James’, Batavia
  • Wednesday, October 10 – 7 p.m. – Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda
  • Sunday, October 14 – 3 p.m. – St. Luke’s, Jamestown

Preconvention meetings provide an opportunity for delegates to Diocesan Convention to learn more about the issues that will be discussed at the Convention, meet candidates running for diocesan office, and fellowship with their fellow Episcopalians.  Please plan to attend one!


2018 Convention Location

The 2018 Convention will take place at the Niagara Falls Convention Center (101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, NY).

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