Diocesan Digest



March 20, 2013

"The Gospel for Tomorrow"
Convention 2013 News

The 143rd Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College.

Convention hosts: Lancaster Convocation, The Rev. Jonathan Currier and Mrs. Judy Donnelly (conveners)

Friday evening, June 7 - Briefings and discussions
Saturday, June 8 - Business session

The featured keynote speaker is The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Episcopal Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania celebrates young people who are the church and affirm that we need their voice, gifts, and leadership to fully represent who we are as the body of Christ. Students in grades 10-12 may apply to be one of 14 Youth Delegates who have seat, and voice during our 143rd Diocesan Convention. Find out more and apply here.

Diocesan Committee Nominations

Read the names of clergy and lay nominees for Standing Committee, Council of Trustees and Disciplinary Board.


Online Registration Now Open

Register online here.

Attention: All Clergy & Elected Lay Delegates

Spring Diocesan Convocation Assemblies will take place on the following dates:

April 24 - Northern Tier & West Branch - St. Paul's, Wellsboro
April 25 - Susquehanna & Altoona - St. Mark's, Lewistown (satellite location: Christ Church, Berwick)
May 1 - Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern - St. Edward's, Lancaster

Plan now to attend in preparation for Diocesan Convention in June.

X-Teen Senior High Camp & Mission Trip

Beyond the Hunger Games

Registration is now open for the X-Teen Summer Camp and Mission Trip, June 16-25. View the flyer here. To register, visit the Camp Mt. Luther website.

Wanted: Strong Hands and Big Hearts

If you are an adult and interested in being involved with a Youth Mission Trip this summer to help those devastated by SuperStorm Sandy, please contact Fr. Patrick Collins in the diocesan office at (717) 236-5959. View the flyer here.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Working together in mission and prayer WE will make a difference in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Read the report out (by convocations) and see how convocational leadership and working together will strengthen our mission.


Stewardship Workshops for Church Leaders

Attention church leaders - stewardship workshops will be offered on April 6 at St. Thomas, Lancaster, and on April 13 at Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport.

Workshops will include Creating the Engaged Church, Encouraging the Second Visit, and The Spirituality of Stewardship. Learn more here.


For more information please email Mr. Tom Gemmel.

Dates to Remember


  • Safe Church Training for Vestry Leaders - March 23, Camp Mt. Luther (Vestry Leaders Conference). Register online here.
  • Diocesan Clergy Renewal of Vows - March 26, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg.  The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church, will be guest preacher and speaker.
  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Northern Tier & West Branch, April 24
  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Susquehanna & Altoona, April 25
  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern, May 1
  • Diocesan Convention (business session) is June 8.
  • Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament is June 17 at Iron Valley Golf Club.
  • Presiding Bishop celebrates Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Sept. 6-8


Remember in Your Prayers


Susan Hinton, wife of Canon Greg Hinton, who has been released from nursing care to continue her recovery and pursuing wellness.

Janice Pursel, the widow of The Rev. Cn. Robert Pursel, who continues her rehabilitation.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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