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Bishop Sean Rowe

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…

Racial Justice, Mission Strategy Move Forward at First Online Convention

In a joint convention held online on November 7, the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania passed budgets for both dioceses, agreed to undertake congregational conversations on racial justice and reconciliation, formed a joint Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, and granted convention seat and voice to members of the James Theodore Holly…

Canon Ishman Honored for 13 Years of Service

The Rev. Martha Ishman will retire on December 31 as canon for transitions after 13 years on the bishop’s staff, but not before being honored at the Dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York’s recent convention. To mark her tenure, Bishop Sean Rowe named Ishman the diocesan partnership’s honorary canon pastor during an online…

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….

Bishop Sean Rowe

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…

Diocesan Convention is November 7

The annual conventions of the partnership dioceses will be held on Saturday, November 7, as a virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. Morning Convention Session: Everyone Is Welcome! Convention will begin in the morning with a joint Zoom webinar session on our shared mission, with special emphases on racial justice work and the development of…

Service of Reconciliation on November 6

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 that our congregations and dioceses will be doing together, is meant to bless and inspire our shared ministry of racial justice and healing….

Smith and Shank Join Bishop Sean’s Staff

The Rev. Twila Smith and the Rev. Jason Shank have joined Bishop Sean’s staff in new part-time positions that will provide congregations with resources, tools and capacity to participate in the partnership’s mission strategy and form vital partnerships in their communities. “As we continue responding to the ministry and financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,…