The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, under the leadership of Bishop R. William Franklin, will officially install The Very Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, as the New Dean at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, NY this Sunday, January 13th at 3:00 pm. (www.spcbuffalo.org) All are invited to attend this historic service at the cathedral, located on the corner of Church & Pearl Streets. A reception will follow.
Fetz was drawn to the position because of the Cathedral’s commitment to making a difference in the daily lives of those who call
Buffalo home, including the homeless and marginalized, its implementation of a variety of worship styles, its diversity among parishioners, its focus on inclusion and social justice, and its appreciation for choral music.
The Cathedral in many Episcopal dioceses serves as the mother church and spiritual center of the diocese, holding many worship services and other events on behalf of the diocese. As a result, a dean of a cathedral works closely with the diocese’s bishop and
her/his staff to plan and implement a variety of festivities, including major holiday services, ordinations, festivals, and lectures. In addition, the dean oversees the day-to-day life of the Cathedral, its staff, and its programs.
Fetz brought his passions to Buffalo. He is committed to interfaith and ecumenical relations, outreach directed to the poor and marginalized, racial reconciliation, LGBTQIA rights and inclusion, contemplative prayer, creative worship and entrepreneurial
endeavors. He strives to live in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi as a Novice in the Third Order Society of St. Francis, a religious order recognized by The Episcopal Church and The Anglican Communion.
Fetz is married to Jamie, an artist, musician, foodie, humor enthusiast, chocolate lover, world traveler, and massage therapist. Mari, their daughter, attends pre-K at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo.