All funds and property of the Diocese held for investment are entrusted to the Trustees. The trustees usually meet monthly on the third Wednesday (excluding July & August) and report annually to the Diocesan Convention on the funds committed to their care.

The Trustees hold title to the real property of the Diocese and its missions, as well as funds that are available for loan to congregations and agencies of the church.

They also sponsor the Western New York Episcopal Diocesan Investment Trust, available to congregations and agencies of the church for investment purposes. Four funds are currently provided:

  • Fund A – Growth and Income Fund
  • Fund B – Income Fund
  • Fund D – Growth Fund
  • Fund E – Socially Responsible Fund

Quarterly statements are mailed to all participants. For information about the Western New York Episcopal Diocesan Investment Trust please click on Overview or call Maria Manocchio at the diocesan office: (716) 881-0660.

In addition, the Trustees manage a fund that benefits of the Anglican Diocese of Belize.

The Reynolds Funds are administered by the Trustees, and provide grants to congregations, particularly in the areas of Church Development and Growth, Expansion of Mission and Outreach, Starting New Ministries, and Collaborative Ministries.  There are two funding cycles per year.

The Certificate of Incorporation of the Diocese (1922) and the Canons provide for the diocesan Trustees, which consist of the Bishop and two members of the clergy and four lay persons elected by the Annual Convention. Two trustees are elected each year to serve for a term of three years.


Current Members

  • The Rev. Samuel Colley-Toothaker – Grace, Lockport (2019)
  • Ms. Karen Gengo – St. Patrick’s, Cheektowaga (2020)
  • Mr. Arthur Henning – St. Paul’s, Harris Hill (2020)
  • The Rev. Matthew Lincoln – Trinity, Buffalo (2019)
  • Ms. Denise Mlynorick – Trinity, Buffalo (2021)
  • The Hon. Rose Sconiers – St. Philip’s, Buffalo (2021)

Documents & Forms

For Diocesan Investment Trust (DIT) Participants

Overview of DIT
Investment Options
Addition Form
Withdrawal Form
New Account Form
Quarterly Performance Report
Sample Endowment Policies
Sample Quarterly Report
DIT Investment Policy Statement
Fund E – Socially Responsible Investing Using Divestiture
Fund E – Socially Responsible Investing through ECF and SSgA
Summary of UPMIFA
New York State UPMIFA Law
Guide to NYS UPMIFA Law

Other Trustee Activities

2019 Schedule of Trustee Meetings
Trustee Process for Grants and Loans
Trustees Loan Application
Trustees Loan Policy
Reynolds Funds Grant Application