Diocesan Digest



 February 19, 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 10.

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.


Spring Convocation Meetings

Attention clergy and lay delegates - Spring Convocation dates are as follows:

Harrisburg - May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., location TBA

Altoona - May 1, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., St. Mark's, Lewistown

Susquehanna - May 8, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., Christ Church, Berwick

Lancaster - TBA

Southern - TBA

Northern Tier - TBA

West Branch - TBA


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


Saturday, March 22
St. Luke's, Altoona 

"Leading Through Change" - Keynote speaker: Ray Wells, Wellbeing Systems

Workshops for everyone, clergy and lay:

  • Leading Through Change - Identification of Your Change Agenda with Introduction to Uses for Appreciative Inquiry
  • LEV Training
  • Pastoral Worship Training
  • Parish Administration
  • Financial Development
  • Communications
  • How Episcopalians Read Scripture
  • Ministries of Healing and Pastoral Visitation

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.

We are pleased to announce that The Rev. Clifford Johnston will be installed as part-time rector at Good Shepherd, Hawk Run on Saturday, March 8.  Cliff was appointed the priest-in-charge of Good Shepherd by Bishop Nathan Baxter in January 2008.  The Rev. Johnston is also co-convener of the Altoona Convocation.

Bart Ehrman to Speak in Carlisle

Bart Ehrman, professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wlll present the Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, February 25, at the ATS (Anita Tuvin Schlechter) Auditorium at Dickinson College, Carlisle, 7 p.m.

Biblical scholars have long recognized the discrepancies between the four New Testament Gospels and the difficulties that result in determining who Jesus really was. Can these four Gospels be relied upon to give us an accurate account of Jesus's words and deeds? This event is sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church on the Square and The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College.

Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers

Mrs. Janet Currier, mother of The Rev. Jonathan Currier, passed away on Feb. 4.  Please remember Fr. Jonathan and his family at this difficult time.

Ken Suter, partner of The Rev. David Zwifka, is undergoing surgery this week.

Our friends at Edwardes College in Pakistan (especially their president, Canon Titus Presler, Honorary Canon of St. Stephen's Cathedral), who are experiencing serious trials at this time.

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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