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Associate Rector - The Rev. Canon Dan Weir

The Reverend Canon Daniel Weir


            Canon Weir was born in Ithaca, NY, but grew up in Massachusetts. The youngest of three brothers raised by a single mother, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1969 and from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA in 1972. He and Jan MacLean married in 1972 and spent the first year of their marriage in Oxford, England, where he studied with the Revd Canon Peter Hinchliff and served as Assistant Chaplain at Balliol College and Deacon at St. Cross Church.


            After their return to Massachusetts in 1973, he served parishes in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts until 1988. He was Deputy for Outreach Ministries of the Diocese of Western New York from 1988 until 1991. From 1991 until 1993, he served as Interim Rector of Calvary Church in Williamsville. From 1993 until 1999, he was the Director of the Erie County Commission on Homelessness and was part of the clergy staff at Trinity Church in Buffalo. He served as Interim Vicar at the Church of the Holy Communion in Lake View from January 2000 until July 2001.  In November 2001, he was called to serve as Acting Rector of Saint Matthias Church in East Aurora. In February 2003, he was elected Rector of the parish. In June 2010, he retired from full-time ordained ministry.


            Canon Weir has served the Diocese of Western New York in a number of capacities: as Executive Director of the Commission on Ministry and Chair of the Board of Examining Chaplains; as acting Director of Episcopal Community Services and later as a member and president of the ECS Board of Directors; as Chair of the Hunger Task Force; as a member of the Racism Commission; and as member and Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Council. He has also been active in the wider community: as convenor of the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless; as a member and vice-president of the Board of Directors of Crisis Services, as a member of the Boards of Directors of Compass House and VIVE; as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Buffalo; as a member of a United Way investment team; as a member of the steering committee of the Roll Call Against Racism; and as president of the Jubilee Community Loan Fund.


            Until she retired in June 2010, Jan MacLean Weir was a clinical social worker in the special education program at Erie 1 BOCES. Their daughter Meghan graduated from Princeton University in 2000, was awarded a degree in medical anthropology by Oxford University in 2005, and graduated from the Medical College at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in May 2006. Their son Matthew is a 2004 graduate of Hobart College and a 2008 graduate of the Law School of Saint John’s University in Queens, New York.



August 2010



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