Diocesan Digest



 February 5, 2014

Convention: A Time for Everything


Diocesan ConventionThe 144th Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College  - June 13 & 14, 2014

Convention hosts: Northern Tier and West Branch, The Rev. Janis Yskamp, Mrs. Joan Berrsford, The Rev. Lauri Kerr and Mrs. Cindy McNeil, Conveners.

Friday evening, June 13 - Briefings and discussions
Saturday, June 14 - Business session

Registration will open online March 1.


Nominations for the following diocesan committee positions are now open:

Standing Committee - 2 Clergy, 2 Lay
Council of Trustees - 1 Clergy, 1 Lay
Disciplinary Board - 2 Clergy, 1 Lay

Please contact The Rev. Jennifer Looker.  Step forward to serve your diocese!

Convention Resolutions Due

Convention resolutions, proofed and formatted, are due to The Rev. Veronica Chappell by February 15.

General Convention 2015

Attention clergy and lay persons interested in attending General Convention:  Plans are well underway for the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2015, and the triennial event won’t be business as usual.

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held June 25 – July 3, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Ut. (Diocese of Utah).

Please submit your name to The Rev. Jennifer Looker if you wish to be a delegate to General Convention 2015. You will also need to submit a picture and a short bio.

Annual Meeting Information for Parishes

Please note: Changes to vestry leadership and election of convention delegates’ information need to be on file in the diocesan office. Please use these forms to submit updated information.


Diocesan Anti-Racism Program

Seeing the Face of God in Each Other… will take place March 7-8 at the St. Cyril Academy Education & Spiritual Center, Danville, Pa.

This program will be preceded by an Ash Wednesday activity to be completed in participant’s home parishes. For additional information please contact Canon Greg Hinton.

Register here online.

Deadline to register is March 3.

Diocesan Youth Events

Two diocesan youth events are currently open for registration:

Middle School Lenten Retreat, March 14-16, Camp Mt. Luther

Province III Youth Event, March 14-16, North Bay Adventure Camp



Diocesan Training Day - THRIVE


All are welcome!

Saturday, March 22
St. Luke's, Altoona  

Register online here.

Download the flyer or review the schedule and list of workshops.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

The Church of Our Savior, Montoursville was founded in 1868. On Dec. 31, 2013, a longstanding member of Our Savior passed away. Read a tribute to her from members of her 1949 kindergarten class.

Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers

Donna Phillips, wife of St. Stephen’s Mt. Carmel Sr. Warden Don Phillips, passed away on Jan. 30. Please remember Don, their family, and the Mt. Carmel parish in your prayers.

Fr. Jim Mole, a retired priest our diocese, who has been a beloved part of St. Mary's, Waynesboro for many years, had surgery last week to install a pacemaker. He is doing well but is in a local nursing facility for some rehab and physical therapy. (He will be 90 years old in April!)

Deacon Janice Fritz, as she continues her cancer treatments.

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:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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