The annual conventions of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Western New York were held on Thursday, October 14, as a virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The paperless convention was held in the evening with a joint Zoom session including worship, Bishop Sean’s address, resolutions and elections, and a reports from the Standing Committees.

Bishop’s Address to convention

Watch Bishop Sean’s address on YouTube.


Download the budget documents for Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York:

Diocese of Western New York 2022 Budget

Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania 2022 Budget

Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Treasurer’s Report


At convention, lay and clergy people were elected or appointed to the following diocesan leadership positions:

Northwestern Pennsylvania

  • Diocesan Council:  Ed Palattella, the Rev. Erin Betz Shank
  • Standing Committee:  Joseph Croskey, the Rev. Canon Martha Ishman
  • Constitution and Canons Committee: The Rev. Adam Trambley
  • Deputies to Provincial Synod: Anne Bardol, Cheryl Wild, the Rev. Geoffrey Wild

Western New York

  • Diocesan Council:  Bruce Davidson, Cheri Maytum-Krull, the Rev. Claudia Schedaa
  • Standing Committee:  Lawrence Mazuchowski, the Rev. Nick Evancho
  • Trustees:  Rose Sconiers, Patricia LaLonde

Bishop Sean appointed members of the new joint Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, the joint Commission on Ministry, and appointed the Revs. Stacey Fussell, Diana Leiker, Carol Carlson, Luke Fodor, Matthew Scott, and Randi Hicks Rowe to the Joint Board of Examining Chaplains.

In the Diocese of Western New York, the Revs. Randi Hicks Rowe (Northern Region), Colleen O’Connor (Genesee), Luke Fodor (Cattaragus/Chautauqua), Ann Tillman (Southern Erie), Ellen Brauza (Central Erie), and Robert Harvey (Eastern Erie) will be regional deans in 2021.  Justice Rose Sconiers and Howard Gondree will constitute the Dispatch of Business Committee and the Rev. Michael Hadaway, Patrick Bradley, and the Rev. Nick Evancho will serve on the Resolutions Committee, which Elisabeth Brauza-Hughes will chair.

In the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Bishop Sean appointed the Rev. Adam Trambley as secretary, Robert Armstrong as treasurer, Jeff Mills as assistant treasurer and James Steadman as chancellor. The Rev. Martha Ishman and Gretchen Tome will serve as the Credentials Committee, and the Dispatch of Business Committee will include the bishop, Steadman, Trambley, the Rev. Matthew Scott and Anne Bardol. The Nominating Committee will be the members of the Standing Committee excepting those with one year remaining on their terms. Robert Guerrein will be historiographer, and the Rev. John Downey will be the ecumenical officer. The regional deans will be the Revs. Mary Norton (Northwest), Adam Trambley (Southwest), Bill Ellis (Southeast), and Stacey Fussell (Northeast).


Pre-convention gatherings october 6 and 7 on zoom

The pre-convention gatherings were held via Zoom on October 6 at 3 p.m. and October 7 at 7 p.m. Watch the video: