Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Diocesan Events

These are events that are happening in the next few weeks in the Diocese and the dates of some events further out.  If you are part of a committee or commission of the Diocese and are having an event or meeting that you want people to know about, please submit your event for posting on this page.


March 23
Regional Gathering for Bishop Franklin
St. Luke’s, Jamestown

There are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building. Mark your calendars now!

Regional Gathering Two, hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Cattaraugus/Chautauqua and Southern Erie on Saturday March 23 at St. Luke’s, Jamestown, 3pm-4:30 pm

These Regional Gatherings are designed to be “good old fashioned church potlucks,” so plan on bringing your best “dish to share” and have an opportunity to say good-bye to Bishop Bill.

Please plan on joining Bishop Bill at one (or all!!) of these events. 

PLEASE no ducks…if you wish to do something to honor the Bishop, donations to the Franklin Fund are most appreciated!


April 7
A Service of Goodbye and Hello
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo

There are three farewell events for Bishop Bill, two regional gatherings and one more formal service to “Pass the Crozier” from Bishop Bill to Bishop Sean, followed by a reception at the Guaranty Building. Mark your calendars now!

On Sunday April 7 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, 3 pm there will be a service where we will celebrate Bishop Bill’s ministry among us as well as formally welcoming Bishop Sean as our Bishop, Provisional.

Following the service from 4:30 to 6:30, everyone is cordially invited to attend a reception honoring our Bishops in The Admiral Room at the Marin located at 237 Main Street near Seneca Street.
It is an approximate three block walk from the Cathedral to The Admiral Room, and there are several parking options for those who plan to attend:
** Limited free parking is available at the Downtown Garage located at 93 Pearl Street near Seneca Street beginning at 2:30. This parking garage is midway between the Cathedral and The Admiral Room with entrance from Pearl Street. An attendant will be on duty and and on arrival, please let him know you are attending the Episcopal Diocese Bishops Service and Reception.
*  The All Pro surface parking lot located at 100 Pearl Street and Swan has a $9.00 maximum fee.
*  The Main Place Ramp located at 221 Pearl Street is closest to the Cathedral but furtherest from The Admiral Room (2+ blocks) – IF it is not free due to a downtown event, the Sunday parking fee is $4.00 to 7.00
* The All Pro surface lot located at 79 Pearl Street across from the Pearl Street Grill is closer to The Admiral Room but 2+ blocks from the Cathedral. The fee is $11.00

Please plan on joining Bishop Bill at one (or all!!) of these events.

PLEASE no ducks…if you wish to do something to honor the Bishop, donations to the Franklin Fund are most appreciated!

May 4
Safe Church Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

It is the charge of every Christian to respect the dignity of every human being, to that end we offer Safe Church Training.

Safe Church Training protects not only volunteers and employees, but also those under their charge. By raising the awareness of leaders, everyone is safer.

Safe Church consists of two courses: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Adult Sexual Harassment & Exploitation Prevention. Volunteers such as Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and youth camp staff are required to take “A Safe Place for Children.” All clergy and employees of the diocese and its congregations are required to take both courses.

The courses are offered at least twice yearly, usually in the late spring and in the early fall.  The next class is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, May 4, at the Diocesan Ministry Center in Tonawanda.  The Church: A Safe place for Children will run from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Church: A Safe Place for Adults will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register now!


May 10-11
Senior High Event
St. Patrick’s, Cheektowaga

There will be a Senior High Event at St. Patrick’s in Cheektowaga (1395 George Urban Blvd.) from 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, to 12 noon on Saturday, May 11.  This gathering is a time for youth (grades 8-12) from around the diocese to gather with others their age and have conversations that are relevant to them.  There will also be time to have fun and explore other ways of being part of the wider church. You can download the registration form here: Sr. High Event


May 10-11
Healthy Congregations Workshop
St. James’ Episcopal Church, Batavia

The Genesee Deanery is hosting the Healthy Congregations Workshop presented by Bill Blank, adjunct faculty member at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.  This workshop uses the insights of family systems theory to help church leaders and all members become more effective stewards of their congregation’s health.  This workshop is open to all.

The workshop will be held on Friday, May 10 from 7:00-9:30 pm and Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday.  The workshop will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, NY.  (Exit 48 on the NY Thruway)  There are a number of hotels available in Batavia.

Because of the grant we received from Diocesan Council, the cost for those from congregations in Western New York and Northwestern PA will be $59 per person for 1-3 people from the same congregation and $49 per person for 4 or more from the same congregation for all registrations received by April 27.  This price includes the workbook and lunch on Saturday.

Registrations may be mailed to Colleen O’Connor, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1 East Main Street, LeRoy, NY 14482. The registration form is available here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Colleen at 585-813-2066.


May 17-18
Journeys (Junior High)
St. James’, Batavia

There will be a Journeys event for Junior High youth at St. James’ in Batavia (405 East Main St.), beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and continuing until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.  The core of the retreat is the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions.  There are six different activities, the young people choose in which order they wish to attend those activity sessions.  At each session they will receive a charm or bead to add to a bracelet at the end of the weekend they will have all six. The six sessions have themes, but the exact activity will be planned by one or more members of the leadership team.  You can download the registration form here: Journeys


June 8
Treasurer & Audit Team Training
Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda

On Saturday, June 8 (please note, this date has changed from the previously announced date in May), there will be a treasurer training from 10-11:30 am and an audit team training from 12:30-2:00 pm at the Diocesan Ministry Center.

Who should attend?
Anyone who is relatively new to the position of treasurer in their parish, anyone who wishes to be trained as an audit team member, and/ or current treasurers and audit team members looking for a refresher.

To make sure the parishes in most need for these trainings are accommodated we ask that every participant be recommended for the training by their parish leadership (priest, warden or vestry).

Application is found here: https://goo.gl/forms/v6SdYWf44C8WBy7r1

We look forward to seeing you at this much-requested training day!


June 8
Star Wars Night at the Bisons
Coca Cola Field, Buffalo

We have 150 tickets reserved for our Diocese on Saturday June 8th for one of the Bisons’ best nights of the year.  The group discount is $12 per ticket. The game starts at 6:05, but you can come early and enjoy the themed festivities.  To reserve your tickets, download the order form here: Bisons Game


August 11-14
Sleepaway Camp
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp, Bemus Point

August 11-14 we will be holding our diocesan camp for youth that will enter 3rd through 10th grades in the fall.  The campers will be placed in two different tracks, one for those that will be entering 3rd to 6th grades and the other for those that will be entering 7th to 10th grades.  A day at camp will include Chaplain Time, various activities (boating, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, challenge course, gaga ball…), whole group evening activities, lots of singing, and the much needed siesta.  Camp will conclude on Wednesday Morning with an Eucharist that the kids have prepares, all are invited to attend at 11 am. Registration forms can be downloaded here: Sleep Away Camp

Sue Stanislawski, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s in Cheektowaga, is looking to award two individuals full scholarships to camp this year.  Sue is a former diocesan camper and a big supporter of all youth programs. She is asking that the camper write a short essay as to why they want to go to camp, along with the family having a financial need.  The form to apply is here: Sue Stanislawski Scholarship

Other scholarships are available for Sleep Away Camp through the generosity of members of the diocese.  Please email Wendy Schumacher, First Thirty Event Manager, at wschumacher@episcopalwny.org to inquire or with any other questions.


Save these Dates!

Look for more information to come about the following events:

  • June 29 – Young Adult Gathering (High school grads to age 30)
  • September 7 – Episcopal Day at Darien Lake
  • October 25-26 – Joint Diocesan Convention with the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania at the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA