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Bishop Sean Rowe

Updated Reopening Guidelines (May 19)

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: In the last two months, thanks to the increasing availability of effective vaccines against COVID-19, both cases and deaths have declined steadily across our region. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control relaxed its guidance for fully vaccinated people, and state and local authorities…

Our New World is Taking Shape: 2021 Bishop’s Appeal

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, You might remember that when we began our diocesan partnership two years ago, we drew strength from the story of the Exodus. And certainly in this last year, we have often felt like the people of Israel after their escape from Egypt, wandering in…

Updated Reopening Guidelines Released

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: Across our region, COVID-19 cases have begun to decline from the precipitous rates we saw this winter. The vaccine rollout, while still slow, has gained some momentum in both New York and Pennsylvania, and it seems as if the worst of the winter weather…

Be Reconciled To God: Bishop Sean’s Ash Wednesday Sermon

  “If we oriented ourselves toward reconciliation with God, we might orient our interior life to the kingdom of God, so that the kingdom not only becomes a destination, a place we go, a world transformed, but the kingdom is also a place from which we come. It is the source, as well as the…

Staying Home Does Not Mean Staying Silent: A Letter from Episcopal Bishops

January 13, 2021 Dear People of God: Earlier this week, the FBI warned that armed protests are being planned for Washington D.C. and all 50 state capitals sometime between Saturday, January 16, and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. As your bishops, we write today imploring you to stay away from these…

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A Dangerous Time: A Message from Bishop Sean

Dear People of God in the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York: Like many of you, I watched with disbelief today as an armed insurrection agitated by the President of the United States occupied the U.S. Capitol. I am particularly appalled that some members of this mob, still at large, are displaying flags…

Christmas Eve Worship 2020

Bishop Sean Rowe preached at this online Christmas Eve service, which included music from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fairview, the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. The service begins at 12:15 in the video after a singalong including favorite Christmas carols.

In Memoriam: Nancy Lou Betts Bowman

Dear People of God: I am sorry to share the news that Nancy Lou Betts Bowman, widow of Bishop David Bowman, ninth bishop of Western New York, died this morning after a long illness. Nancy, who was born in Findlay, Ohio, met David at the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, Ohio, when he was…

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A Message from Bishop Sean: In Person Gatherings Suspended

Dear Friends: Earlier this week, we heard encouraging news about a COVID-19 vaccine that could begin to be available early next year in limited quantities. I give thanks for this source of hope, especially as the virus is now spreading at an unprecedented rate across our region. Although we hope that 2021 will bring some…

Alfred Price Named Canon Architect and Planner at Diocesan Convention

At diocesan convention on November 7, Bishop Sean read this citation naming Alfred Price, a longtime leader in the Diocese of Western New York, as an honorary canon of the diocesan partnership. Dear Al, The Buffalo region in general and, more particularly, the Diocese of Western of New York proudly claims you as its own….

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Binding Up The Wounds: A Message from Bishop Sean

Dear Friends, We are all eager to learn who won the 2020 presidential election, and those of us who live in Pennsylvania are especially keen to learn who won the electoral votes of our state. My hope is that every legal vote cast in our state, and elsewhere in our country, will be counted so that…