In consultation with the chancellors of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Western New York, Bishop Sean has determined that the annual conventions of both dioceses will be held on Saturday, November 7, as a virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. Download the notice of 2020 convention.

The one-day, paperless convention will begin in the morning with a joint Zoom session on our shared mission, with special emphases on racial justice work and the development of our mission strategy. The morning session will include worship, Bishop Sean’s address and a report from the Mission Strategy Advisory Group. In the afternoon, each diocese will have a business session, which will also be held on Zoom.

The bishop’s address and worship will be viewable online via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube for anyone to watch. In order to participate in the business sessions of convention, delegates will need a dependable internet connection and access to Zoom (see technical requirements). Clergy or delegates who anticipate connectivity or technological challenges that might make it difficult to participate in convention from home are asked to email

If you are a delegate and unable to attend convention, notify Gabrie’l Atchison of the change.

November 6 Service of Reconciliation

On November 6, the evening before we gather for our joint diocesan conventions, the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination will host an online Service of Reconciliation. This service, an introduction to the ongoing work our congregations and dioceses will be doing together, is meant to bless and inspire our shared ministry of racial justice and healing.

Plan to join Bishop Sean and Commission leaders as we pray together for our relationships with God and one another to become ever more loving, liberating and life-giving. Watch for more information, including a time and Zoom link, coming in the fall.


All convention participants are required to register for diocesan convention, including canonically resident clergy, lay delegates, licensed clergy, youth delegates and general attendees. There is no cost to attend convention. Register online by October 12.

Contact Gabrie’l Atchison with any registration questions.


Joint pre-convention gatherings will be held via Zoom on October 7 at 3 p.m. and October 8 at 7 p.m. Watch for additional details coming soon.

annual reports

Annual reports from diocesan committees for the annual journal are due on October 19.

Submit reports to Gabrie’l Atchison via email.


Nominations for the following diocesan leadership positions are due by September 8:

Western New York

  • Standing Committee – 1 clergy, 1 lay
  • Diocesan Council – 1 clergy, 2 lay
  • Trustees – 2 lay
Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Standing Committee – 1 priest, 1 lay
  • Diocesan Council – 1 priest, 1 lay, 1 deacon
  • Constitution and Canons – 1 priest, 1 lay


Resolutions to be considered at convention must be received by September 8.

Submit a resolution online.