Diocesan Digest



 January 26, 2015


Register for Diocesan Events


A Journey to Justice: Eliminating Racism THRIVE, Feb. 7

Location: St. Edward's Episcopal Church
2453 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, 17601
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 per person (includes lunch)
Child care is available.

Learn more and register online here.

Clergy Silent Lenten Retreat, Feb. 22-24

Location: Claggett Center
Buckeystown, Md.

Learn more and register online here.

Electing Convention, Mar. 14

Location: St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
Time: Opening Eucharist at 9 a.m., Convention begins at 10 a.m.

Learn more and register online here.


Meet the Candidates - Diocesan Walk About Week

Walk About Week
Mar. 2-6
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

View all locations and full information here.

The Electing Convention to select the new Bishop for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is set for Mar. 14 at 10 a.m. (opening Eucharist at 9 a.m.) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg.

A Walk About is a reciprocal occasion that introduces the candidates to the Diocese and the Diocese to the candidates.


WE Are the Diocese...

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

From: The Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke Coolidge, Dean, Stevenson School for Ministry

The Stevenson School for Ministry continues to THRIVE. We give thanks for the gifts given to us. Click here to learn of the ways congregations continue to financially support us.


Companion Diocese of São Paulo


Dear Friends:

As you are aware, the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania has been in a Companion Diocese relationship with the Diocese of São Paulo, Brazil for the last several years. That Companion Agreement came to an end at the end of December 2014. I have decided that it would be best not to renew that agreement at this time, given the transition in our diocese right now. I will leave it up to our new bishop to decide what she or he would like to do for any future companion relationship.

I have written to Bishop Flávio Irala to let him know this decision, and a copy of that letter is available here.

If your parish is in a current, active companion relationship with a parish in São Paulo, you are welcome to continue that relationship on a parish-to-parish basis if you wish. I understand how parish relationships can become close and the desire that the congregation will often have to continue that beyond a formal diocesan-level agreement.

May God continue to bless you in your mission and ministry for him.



Tell Us Your Stories


We all love stories, especially heartwarming stories of good deeds. Stories can be a powerful tool for evangelism. They are the glue that holds us together as Episcopalians. Stories can change lives; they can be the starting point for someone else to change a life!

Send me your parish stories (and a picture or two) for posting on the Diocesan website. Email me a short paragraph about what your parish, your youth group or your Sunday school is doing – help me spread the good news of the happenings in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

Linda Arguedas
Canon for Events, Programs and Communications

Happenings Around the Diocese

See other upcoming parish events here.


Operation Understanding Grant Information

The Operation Understanding Committee is now accepting grant requests for the Spring 2015 grant cycle. The deadline for receiving grant applications is January 31, 2015.

Dates to Remember


  • Jan. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Safe Church Training, St. Thomas, Lancaster - contact The Rev. Gina Barrett 
  • Feb. 7 - THRIVE – Eliminating Racism
  • Feb. 22-24 - Clergy Silent Retreat, Claggett Center, Buckeystown, Md.
  • Mar. 2-6 - Bishop Walk Abouts
  • Mar. 7 - Godly Play Training, St. Andrew's, Shippensburg - contact Christina Szoke-Luo
  • Mar. 14 - Electing Convention
  • June 12-13 - Diocesan THRIVE, St. Andrew's, State College
  • June 22 - Bishop's Open, Mt. View Country Club, State College
  • Sept. 12 - New Bishop’s Consecration
  • Sept. 18-20 - Deacon’s Retreat
  • Oct. 16-17 -  Diocesan Annual Convention


Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.

As the diocese continues in this season of discernment and transition, we ask that you pray with us:

Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for the life of our diocese in this time of transition. You taught your disciples to work together for your sake, to act with faith, patience, and humility. Give us grace to listen to one another with respect and speak to one another with kindness. Remember our baptismal covenant, let us seek and serve you, Lord Christ, in one another and let us respect each other's dignity. We ask on behalf of the Transition Committee that your presence be felt with open hearts and open minds, trusting in your goodness and mercy, as we walk with the people of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, our bishop and the candidates in their discernment and transition. In your Holy Name we pray, AMEN.

The Transition Committee asks that March 8, 2015 be designated as a Day of Prayer and Conversation in parishes in preparation for the election of our new bishop.


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