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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 decided that the 2020 Conference is CANCELLED!

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


“Due to the Covid 19 world-wide pandemic, the ensuing Federal guidelines from the CDC, and, Governor Cuomo's "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone, with all NYS residents having to maintain social distancing, and remaining at home, we will conduct our Elections and By-Law addition in the following manner."

A special meeting for the purpose of electing officers and considering a by-law addition will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 PM through Zoom. Chief Chaplain Mayo invited all membersto a scheduled Zoom meeting. All members of the Association should have received an invitation to participate.
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