The 2019 joint conventions of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 25-26. 


Convention for both dioceses will begin on Friday morning with an energetic and participatory joint session designed to help develop a strategy for our common mission. Convention will conclude early on Saturday afternoon. Meals will be provided from Friday morning through Saturday morning. More details and times will be available soon. 


Joint Pre-Convention Meetings

Members of both dioceses are invited to attend one of four joint pre-convention gatherings: 

October 3 at 7:00 PM at St. James, Batavia NY

October 6 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke's, Jamestown NY

October 7 at 7:00 PM at St. John's, Franklin PA

October 9 at 7:00 PM at the Diocesan Ministry Center, Tonawanda, NY


Convention Registration - October 3 Deadline

Online Registration for the 2019 diocesan convention is open. The registration deadline is October 3, and the fee is $60 per person. Registration includes meals from Friday morning through Saturday morning. Register online here.  Email Michael Brown with questions about convention registration. 


Convention Lodging - September 24 Reservation Deadline

A block of room is available in the Springhill Suites at the convention rate of $134/night until September 24. Reserve a room by calling the hotel at 814.864.5000. Rooms at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront are sold out. Email Vanessa Butler or call her at 814.456.4203 with questions.


Nominations - September 10 Deadline

Nominations for elected lay and clergy positions are due by September 10. 


The Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania will elect: 

  • Diocesan Council - 1 priest and 1 lay for four-year terms
  • Standing Committee - 1 priest and 1 lay for four-year terms
  • Constitution and Canons - 1 priest and 1 lay for three-year terms
  • General Convention - 4 lay and 4 priests as deputies; 4 lay and 4 priests as alternates

The Diocese of Western New York will elect:

  • Diocesan Council – 1 lay for a three-year term
  • Standing Committee – 1 lay and 1 clergy for four-year terms
  • Trustees – 2 clergy for three-year terms
  • General Convention – 4 lay and 4 clergy as deputies; 4 lay and 4 clergy as alternates

Submit a nomination online. 


Letter from the NWPA Nominating Committee


Resolutions - September 10 Deadline

The Secretaries of Convention have called for resolutions to be submitted to the 2019 diocesan conventions by September 10. Any resolutions submitted after the deadline will come under the guidelines of Western New York Canon 21.1.1 and Northwestern Pennsylvania Title III, Canon 5, Section C. Please email resolutions to Michael Brown, who will be coordinating with the Secretaries. 


Vendors and Exhibitors

Limited vendor and exhibitor space is available at convention and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $25 for an eight-foot table. Learn more and complete a form to reserve vendor space. Questions? Email Michael Brown