Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

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Diocese of Western New York
Episcopal Diocese of Western New York seal.png
Location
CountryUnited States
TerritoryCattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince II
Statistics
Congregations56
Members7,705 (2019)
Information
DenominationEpiscopal Church
Established1839
CathedralSt Paul's Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopSean W. Rowe
Map
Location of the Diocese of Western New York
Location of the Diocese of Western New York
Website
episcopalwny.org

The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over the counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming in western New York. It is in Province 2 and its cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, is in Buffalo. The diocesan offices are in Tonawanda, New York.[1]

Current bishop[edit]

Sean W. Rowe is bishop provisional of Western New York. The diocesan convention elected him to this role on October 26, 2018, when it and the convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania voted to share a bishop and a staff for five years while they explore a partnership.

R. William "Bill" Franklin was the eleventh bishop of Western New York. The Diocese elected him its eleventh Bishop at its 2010 convention. He was consecrated on April 30, 2011 at the University at Buffalo and retired on April 3, 2019. Franklin was born in Mississippi and had previously served in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Previously, J. Michael Garrison was the tenth bishop of Western New York. He has a bachelor's and a master's of religious education from Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio and an honorary doctorate from General Theological Seminary in New York City. He was received from the Roman Catholic Church on April 1, 1975, and ordained a deacon on April 12, 1975. He was ordained a priest on August 25, 1975 and consecrated a bishop on April 24, 1999.[2]

List of bishops[edit]

The bishops of Western New York have been:[3]

  1. William H. Delancey, (1839–1865)
    *Arthur C. Coxe, coadjutor bishop (1865)
  2. Arthur C. Coxe, (1865–1895)
  3. William D. Walker, (1897–1917)
  4. Charles H. Brent, (1919–1929)
    * David L. Ferris, suffragan bishop (1920
    *David L. Ferris, coadjutor bishop (1924)
  5. David L. Ferris, (1929–1931)
    *Cameron Josiah Davis, coadjutor bishop (1930)
  6. Cameron Josiah Davis, (1931–1948)
  7. Lauriston L. Scaife, (1948–1970)
    *Harold B. Robinson, coadjutor bishop (1968)
  8. Harold B. Robinson, (1970–1987)
    *David C. Bowman, coadjutor bishop (1986)
  9. David C. Bowman, (1987–1998)
  10. J. Michael Garrison, (1999–2011)
  11. R. William Franklin, (2011–2019)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 414-416
  2. ^ Episcopal Clerical Directory, 2005, revised edition, New York: Church Publishing, p.317.
  3. ^ Episcopal Church Annual, 2006, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, p. 414

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