Diocesan convention 2018

OCTOBER 26-27, 2018

Niagara Falls Convention Center

Niagara Falls, NY

Hotel Information

A block of room have been reserved at the Sheraton Niagara Falls (300 3rd St., directly across from the convention center). The rate is $135/night. Reservations must be made by September 25 to get that rate. 

Click here to book your room. [https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1805091832&key=B019B61]

*Please note the differing schedule from most years to decide which nights you need a room for. 


There will be two pre-convention meetings prior to the convention:

Tuesday, October 2 - 6:00 PM at St. John's, Kane

Thursday, October 4 - 7:00 PM at Christ Church, Meadville

Call for Resolutions

The Secretary for Convention has called for resolutions to be submitted for this year's Diocesan Convention.  

Resolutions are due no later than September 10.  Please email them to the Secretary of Convention, the Rev. Adam Trambley, at seccon@dionwpa.org or mail them to the Diocesan Church Center (145 W. 6th St., Erie PA 16501). 

Call for Nominations 

We are about to begin a new chapter in our lives as a diocese in the collaboration initiative with the diocese of WNY. What an exciting time! That being said, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on a diocesan committee right now?

Serving on a diocesan committee will give you the opportunity to: serve God in a different way, work more closely with others in our diocese as well as WNY, participate in a way that allows you to grow spiritually and personally, and have some fun.  You will have the opportunity to use your spiritual gifts in a manner that will provide you with additional insight into how the diocese operates.

We are looking for fresh perspectives, new thinking, and people who are interested in dedicating a finite amount of time to working toward greater health and vitality in this diocese.  

At this year’s convention, we will be electing people for Diocesan Council (one priest and one lay), Standing Committee (one priest and one lay), the Constitution and Canons Committee (one priest and one lay) and Deputies to Provincial Synod (one priest and two lay).  A list of diocesan committees and descriptions for each is at: http://www.dionwpa.org/our-diocese/governance.

If you have people from your congregation that you think would be interested in any of the committees, please submit their names on the provided forms to the Nominating Committee who will, in turn, contact them to help discern their desire to serve Our Lord in a different manner.

Please submit forms to the Nominating Committee by September 10, 2018. They should be emailed to Anne Bardol (erietaxgal@gmail.com) or sent by mail to the Diocesan Church Center (145 W. 6th St., Erie PA 16501).

Thank you for your consideration.


The Nominating Committee

Anne Bardol, chair, erietaxgal@gmail.com

Jack Malovich – jm2pk@hotmail.com

The Very Rev. Dr. John Downey - JPDOWNEY@aol.com

The Rev. Jason Shank – jshank@dionwpa.org

Donna Billioni – donna_billioni@yahoo.com

The Rev. Stacey Fussell - motherstacey@gmail.com

Call for Volunteers

Will you be attending diocesan convention as a guest? Ever wondered what it would be like to serve as a registrar or a teller? This is your year!  We are looking for 8 people to serve at the registration table on Friday, October 26, from 10:00-12:45. We would ask that you be there by 9:30 to get instruction. (By the way, delegates and alternates could serve as registration volunteers this year too!) We are also looking for 8 people to serve as tellers on Saturday, October 27. We would ask that you be there by 9:00 AM for instruction and you would be finished by 11:30.

If you are interested, please contact Vanessa at vbutler@dionwpa.org or at 814.456.4203.

Convention Registration Open

Convention registration is now open [http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=mhvo5kcab&oeidk=a07efh3a6uwf94a29f0]. The cost of registration is $50.00 per person, with an optional Friday lunch for an additional $25.  The deadline for registration is October 15.

Convention Schedule

Friday, October 26

10:00 AM:                    Registration opens at Niagara Falls Convention Center (101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls NY) (Will remain open until 12:45)

11:00 AM:                     Diocese of Western New York’s budget hearing

12:00 PM:                    Optional Lunch (additional cost associated)

1:00 PM:                      Joint Session (including election for Bishop Provisional)

4:00 PM:                     Recess

5:15 PM:                      Gather at Convention Center to walk to St. Peter’s

5:30 PM:                      Eucharist at St. Peter’s

6:45 PM:                      Dinner at Niagara Falls Convention Center

Saturday, October 27

9:30 AM:                     Conventions convene separately at Niagara Falls Convention Center – Continental breakfast provided beginning at 9:00 AM

11:30 AM:                    Lunch

12:30 PM:                    Reconvene jointly

2:00 PM:                     Adjournment

Printable Convention Schedule (.pdf)