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Reopening Guidelines Released

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: In mid-March, when we suspended in-person worship, none of us could have imagined the ways the world was about to change or what would be required of us in response. Throughout these long months, you have been resilient, flexible and collaborative as we have…

Let’s Get Some Things in Order: A Sermon by Bishop Sean

“Let’s get some things in order,” said Bishop Sean in his sermon for Trinity Sunday, which took 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 as its text. “Do our work on race justice and relationships with each other. And I don’t mean just read a book, I mean do the work. Sit with each other and talk about these…

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A Message from Bishop Sean: It is not enough to be outraged

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Like you, I have seen the video of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd while three other officers stood by and watched Floyd die. Like you, I know about the peaceful protests and the spasms of destruction in cities…

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A Message from Bishop Sean: Keeping Each Other Safe

Dear People of God in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is now permitting New Yorkers to gather for worship in groups of ten people or fewer, as long as people wear masks and practice social distancing. Similarly, earlier today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf moved ten counties…

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In-Person Worship Suspended Until At Least July 1

Dear People of God in the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania: As the governors of our states begin outlining plans to reopen economies after Covid-19 shutdowns, it is clear that the risks of gathering in groups is still significant, particularly for people who are vulnerable to the most serious effects of the…

A Game-Changing Day: Bishop Sean’s Easter Sermon

“This Jesus who is no longer there is now with us and sending us forth with a mission of hope that the world around us will be transformed, that justice will come in its fullness, that joy will come even in the midst of darkness,” Bishop Sean said in his Easter sermon. “This is a…

Jesus Came In Alongside A Mess: Bishop Sean’s Palm Sunday Sermon

On Palm Sunday, Bishop Sean preached about the Gospel of Matthew’s account of the passion. “Holy Week has twists and turns,” he said, “but spoiler alert, the ending is really good. God makes something new out of what is a mess.” A partial recording of the online Palm Sunday service led by people from across…

Watch Worship for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

On March 22, Bishop Sean led worship online with the Very Rev. Melinda Hall of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and Craig Dressler of St. Mark’s, Erie. Watch the service on YouTube.

Suspending In-Person Worship: A Letter from Bishop Sean

March 12, 2020 Dear People of God: Today, I write with regret to tell you that I am suspending Sunday worship effectively Sunday, March 15. The COVID-19 epidemic is spreading so quickly that I cannot in good conscience permit gatherings that could easily hasten the spread of the disease and contribute to the collapse of…

Pennsylvania Bishops Issue LGBT Non-Discrimination Letter

On February 3, Bishop Sean joined all of the Episcopal bishops in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in issuing an open letter supporting statewide LGBT non-discrimination legislation.  To the Honorable Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly: As bishops of the Episcopal Church and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we urge the General Assembly to update…