Diocesan Digest



May 29, 2013

"The Gospel for Tomorrow"
See You at Convention

The 143rd Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College.

Convention hosts: Lancaster Convocation, The Rev. Jonathan Currier and Mrs. Judy Donnelly (conveners)

We want to give thanks for the life and witness of those who have served in past conventions as officers or delegates, or who have served on Bishops' Commissions and have died since June 2012. Download the necrology form here and return it to Canon Linda Arguedas per the instructions given on the form by May 31, 2013.

Friday evening, June 7 - Briefings and discussions, Ramada Ballroom, open to all
     Review of new Diocesan website - 7-7:25 p.m.
     School of Christian Studies - 7:30-7:55 p.m.
     Review of Diocesan resolutions - 8-8:25 p.m.

     Review of Diocesan budget - 8:30-9 p.m.
     Compline - 9 p.m.


Materials and Resources

     Review the resolutions here.
     Review Diocesan annual reports here.
     Review Diocesan committee nominations here.
     Review Diocesan finance information here.

Saturday, June 8 - Business session begins at 9 a.m.  Read the schedule here.

Can't Attend Diocesan Convention in State College?  No problem!

Log into the live stream link and enjoy the business session on Saturday in the convenience of your home.   OR, visit one of the diocesan communication hubs and watch with other diocesan family members.

The following communication hubs will be open for any member of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania to attend with friends and members of surrounding parishes and view the live stream of the business session, Bishop Baxter's Annual Address and the closing Eucharist.

Please email the rector so they know how many people to expect.

Lewistown - St. Mark's Episcopal ChurchContact The Rev. Canon David Zwifka.

Camp Hill - Mount Calvary Episcopal ChurchContact The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston.

York - St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchContact The Rev. Dr. David Robson.


Episcopal Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania celebrates young people who are the church and affirm that we need their voice, gifts, and leadership to fully represent who we are as the body of Christ. The following youth will be participating in this year’s convention:

Lancaster Convocation

Kiana Corley, St. Thomas, Lancaster
Joanie Kilhefner, St. John’s, Lancaster
Luke Runkle, St. Paul’s, Columbia

Harrisburg Convocation

Alec Tallman, St. Paul’s, Harrisburg

Altoona Convocation

Christina Wesesky, Good Shepherd, Hawk Run

Northern Tier Convocation

Joel Doyle, Christ Church, Coudersport
Sarah Doyle, Christ Church, Coudersport

A Message from Bishop Jones

Read a thank you letter from Bishop Jones.

Save the Date: Ordination of Deacons

On Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Baxter will be ordaining our seminarians as Transitional Deacons at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, 221 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. More details will follow. If you plan to attend, please email Carolyn Patterson.

WE Are the Diocese...

Read about new and exciting things that make us proud to be the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

An energized West Branch Convocation united to celebrate Pentecost Sunday with a combined liturgy and fellowship. Read more here.


ECW Cape May Retreat

"Saints, Shopping & Sacred Reflections at the Seashore"
(Did I read that right??? Shopping??? Really!!!)

The ECW Retreat returns to the Marquette de Lafayette in Cape May, N.J., Sept. 27-29. Download information and a registration form here.

Dates to Remember


  • Deacon Ordinations - June 2, St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • Diocesan Convention (business session) is June 8.
  • Presiding Bishop celebrates Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Sept. 6-8
  • Safe Church Trainings:
    Sunday June 2 – Carlisle – contact Mike Gwozdecki
    Saturday June 22 – Tyrone – phone 814.684.3100


Remember in Your Prayers



Jennifer Johnston, daughter of The Rev. Cliff Johnston, who is suffering from advanced congestive heart failure and blood flow reversal owing to a hole in her heart.

Frank Rementer, husband of Deacon Nancy Rementer, who continues his cancer treatments.

The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.

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