Diocesan Digest



 February 2, 2015


Diocesan Wellness Initiative


The Widows Corporation, in connection with the Diocesan Wellness Initiative, is pleased to sponsor a Clergy Day titled "Yes, you do know one: Addiction and Recovery in Clergy and Congregations" on Thursday, May 21, at St. Andrew's in State College.

The guest presenters will be the Right Reverend Chilton Knudsen, Bishop of Maine (retired), and the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at the General Theological Seminary. The day will be free, and will include lunch and a copy of Bishop Knudsen's book, "So you think you don't know one." Mark your calendar now, and stay tuned for more information.

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.

Lenten Silent Retreat, Feb. 22-24

Now open to lay delegates to the electing convention!

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.

Bishop's Open to benefit the Diocesan "Feed My Sheep Ministry"

The Bishop’s Golf Open will be held June 22, 2015, at the Mt. View Country Club, State College. This year the funds will be donated to the new deacon led ministry, Feed My Sheep. Read more here.


Rooted in Faith


Pennsylvania bishops are voicing their support for the Non-Discrimination Act. Read the letter here.

Stevenson School for Ministry Spring Courses


From The Rev. Betsy Ivey, St. Andrew’s, Shippensburg: “The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston's course on Paul and Congregational Leadership offered in the Fall Term of the SSfM was illuminating and practical to me as a new priest. Duncan's use of Paul's letters to examine and practice the diffusion of different dynamics of congregational anxiety prepared me for real-life ministry. This type of study is not usually offered in seminary, and was enjoyably helpful."

The following continuing education courses are available for parish lay leadership and clergy:

  • Homiletics with The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston
  • Hebrew Testament with The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka
  • Ethics II with The Rev. Dr. Ellen Wondra, Seabury-Bexley
  • Missiology and the Book of Acts with The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston
  • The Gospel of John with The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston
  • Prayer Book Studies I with Archdeacon Jane Miron, Deacon Wanda Kloza and Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge

Registration opens Feb. 4. Contact Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge for additional information at (717) 236-5959.

Happenings Around the Diocese

See other upcoming parish events here.


Dates to Remember


  • Feb. 7 - THRIVE – Eliminating Racism
  • Feb. 15, 1-3:30 p.m. - Safeguarding God's People Training, Mt. Calvary, Camp Hill - contact Melanie Gurgiolo
  • Feb. 22-24 - Clergy Silent Retreat, Claggett Center, Buckeystown, Md.
  • Mar. 1 - Parochial Reports due to National Church
  • Mar. 2-6 - Bishop Walk Abouts
  • Mar. 7 - Godly Play Training, St. Andrew's, Shippensburg - contact Christina Szoke-Luo
  • Mar. 8 - Diocesan Day of Prayer for Electing Convention
  • Mar. 14 - Electing Convention
  • Mar. 31, 11 a.m. - Clergy Renewal of Vows, St. Stephen's, Harrisburg
  • Apr. 25 - THRIVE Leadership Day, St. James, Mansfield
  • May 2 - THRIVE Leadership Day, St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • May 21 - Clergy Addiction Seminar, St. Andrew's, State College
  • 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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