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      The mission of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. is to unite all Chaplains of the State of New York in order to promote a deeper and wider knowledge of one another in the true ecumenical and interfaith spirit; and to establish statewide procedures of standardization in serving our fellow firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and God, our supreme Chief.

The Board of Directors has decided that the 2020 Conference scheduled to be held in Watertown, April 26 – 29 will be CANCELLED!

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the focus of every news report on local and national news. Our nation is unsettled, lonely, nervous, frustrated, and depressed. Those of us in the faith communities are faced with challenging times – bringing God’s presence into a troubled society. It is a tough time, but we serve an awesome God.

Initially, the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. decided to wait until April 9 to make the determination as to whether the conference would be held or not. However, with every passing day, the news seems to just be getting worse.

I still believe in miracles. I pray for the best and prepare for the worst.

While I pray this virus will be history, it appears it is going to take some time.

Please be safe, wash your hands, and plan to attend the 2021 Conference that will be held in Watertown!


Chaplain Leon VanWie, 1st Deputy Chief Chaplain

(315) 771-9142

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Director Emeritus Don McGloon (Geneva, NY).
Chaplain McGloon died peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.
Click on the link below for the obituary...
./McGloon Obituary.pdf 

On January 31, 2020, five chaplains from the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. attended the funeral service for Director Emeritus Donald P. McGloon at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church in Geneva, NY.

Following the service there was a reception at the American Legion in Geneva, and Past Chief Chaplain Ken Palmer [2012 – 2014], on behalf of the association, presented a Memorial Resolution to Don’s wife, Geraldine.

Pictured are (left to right): Chaplain Samuel Canon Lundy [Director Emeritus]; Past Chief Chaplain William Michatek [1990 – 1992], who also co-celebrated at the ceremony (Bill is in the back row); Chaplain Donald Elthorp, former Regional Director for the North Central Region; 1st Deputy Chief Chaplain Leon VanWie, Past Chief Chaplain Kenneth Palmer [2012 – 2014], John McGloon [Don’s son] and Geri [Don’s wife who is receiving the resolution]. Thanks to John M. Oughterson for providing the picture.


    The officers of our association (L to R - Past Chief Chaplain James Van Houten 2016-2018; Thomas With - 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain; Chief Chaplain William Mayo 2018-2020; and Leon VanWie, 1st Deputy Chief Chaplain.

William Mayo, Chief Chaplain
PO Box 566
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 356-5300 cell (Voice and Text)

Leon I. VanWie, 1st Deputy Chief Chaplain
PO Box 777
111 Franklin Street
Brownville, NY 13615-0777
(315) 771-9142 cell (Voice and Text)

Thomas F. With, 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain
James A. Van Houten, Immediate Past Chief Chaplain
568 River Road
Montgomery, New York 12549
(845) 541-7730 cell (Voice and Text)
William A. Miles, Executive Secretary
470 Adam Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150-1804
(716) 583-1413 cell (Voice and Text)
(716) 695-3048 home

Barrie Lyn Foster, Treasurer