Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

The Bishop is Coming

rwf_formalThe Bishop’s visit to a congregation should be a time for celebration of the ministry of the whole congregation.

Think about how the Bishop can be a part of the life of your church. He can:

  • Meet with confirmands prior to the service
  • Meet with vestry and wardens following the service
  • Teach an adult education class on any of the following topics
    • The first 50 years of the Church
    • How the Episcopal Church works
    • How the Episcopal Church came to be
    • What does a Bishop do all day?
  • Spend time with a children’s or youth Sunday School Class

The Bishop loves to hear about the history of church buildings, windows and organs, have someone share something special with him.

rwf_formal_2_webIf you have other ideas please feel free to ask – please confirm any events with Lorraine Hapeman (lorrainehapeman@episcopalwny.org) before you publicize any events.

Use the Bishop’s visit as an opportunity to publicize your congregation.  Write an article about the Bishop’s visit for your local newspaper and send it to them 10 days before the visit. Here is a draft of an article you can adapt.

A biography of the Bishop can be found here.

Bishop Franklin’s Customary

Confirmation Report Form


Bishop Franklin’s 2018-2019 Visitation Schedule

Please check with the Bishop’s Secretary, Lorraine Hapeman at 716-881-0660 x11 if you believe there is a discrepancy in any date listed below, as unforeseen circumstances may result in changes to this visitation schedule.

September 9, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Gowanda

September 23, 2018 – St. James’, Batavia

September 30, 2018 – St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Grand Island

October 7, 2018 – St. Barnabas’, Franklinville

October 14, 2018 – St. John the Baptist, Dunkirk

October 21, 2018 – St. John’s, Wilson/St. Andrew’s, Burt

November 4, 2018 – St. Stephen’s, Niagara Falls

December 2, 2018 – St. David’s, West Seneca

December 9, 2018 – St. Jude’s, Buffalo

December 16, 2018 – St. Matthew’s, Buffalo

January 13, 2019 – Advent, Kenmore

January 27, 2019 – St. John’s, Youngstown/St. Paul’s, Lewiston

February 3, 2019 – Calvary, Williamsville

February 10, 2019 – St. Paul’s, Mayville

February 24, 2019 – St. Matthias’, East Aurora

March 3, 2019 – St. Paul’s, Springville

March 10, 2019 – Good Shepherd, Irving

March 17, 2019 – St. Mark’s, North Tonawanda

March 24, 2019 – Trinity, Buffalo

March 31, 2019 – St. Andrew’s, Buffalo