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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…

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…

2020 Parochial Report, Due March 1, Tracks Challenges of COVID-19

During the spring and summer of 2020, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person worship across the Episcopal Church, the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee raced to create a new parochial report form, designed just to track the “opportunities, innovations and challenges” that congregations experienced while dealing with the pandemic,” according…

Online Worship with Bishop Sean

While our church buildings are closed in response to the surge of COVID-19 in our region, Bishop Sean will lead online worship via Zoom each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Use this link to join the service. If you are asked for a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial 646-876-9923…

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…

Bishop Sean Rowe

A Conversation with Bishop Sean

On July 19, people from across the partnership joined Bishop Sean online to hear updates about what’s happening around the diocesan partnership, how we’re continuing to respond to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more about our new Sacred Ground groups that are discussing race and faith. Watch the conversation at the link above…

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…

Bishop Sean Rowe

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…

Bishop Sean Rowe

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…

Worship Videos Available on YouTube

While our churches are closed, Bishop Sean and other leaders across the partnership dioceses are offering worship online. Find videos of many of those services on the partnership YouTube channel.

Worship Online During Holy Week: New Link Required

You can join any of the partnership Holy Week and Easter online services listed below using this link: https://zoom.us/j/127336938?pwd=cm8zUWh0Y2loTjYyKy91YURsTVBCQT09. If you need a password, use lakeerie. To join by phone instead of video, dial 646-876-9923 and use code 127336938#. Palm Sunday April 5 at 10 a.m. Bishop Sean Rowe, preaching The Very Rev. Derrick Fetz,…