Diocesan Digest



 February 23, 2015


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.


Register for Stevenson School for Ministry Spring Courses


The following continuing education courses are available for parish lay leadership and clergy.  Note: If you are looking for ways to grow in your faith this Lent, consider one of these courses.

  • 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 is currently open. Contact Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge for additional information at (717) 236-5959.

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"

Parishes are encouraged to be a sponsor and/or sign up golfers for this Diocesan event to benefit 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.

Contact Tim Mackey for more information.


Creation Corner


Our Lenten traditions derive from northern Europe. The ancient custom during Lent was to refrain from eating meat or any animal products, including eggs and butter. That is why there are still pancake suppers on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, when people use up their stores of eggs and butter. Read the article here.

Got Apps?


We do! Thanks to Jay Anderson of St. Thomas Church, Lancaster.

The app “Stations at St. Thomas” is designed for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad using iOS version 7 or greater, and for Android phones using Android OS “Jellybean” or greater. It is available in the (Apple) App Store and the Google Play Store.

Read the article here.

Report to the Church 2015


Report to the Church 2015, an informative and innovative online magazine detailing the mission work of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society during the first two years of the current triennium. The Missionary Society consists of the people – the Presiding Bishop and staff members – who serve The Episcopal Church by working to support, equip, and empower all Episcopalians engaged in mission and ministry at a local level, wherever that may be, around the world.

This publication is of particular interest to General Convention deputations, diocesan staff, lay and clergy leadership.


Happenings Around the Diocese

See other upcoming parish events here.


Dates to Remember


  • 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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