Diocesan Digest



May 1, 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 (times TBA)
     School of Christian Studies
     Diocesan website
     Review of Diocesan budget

     Review of Diocesan resolutions

Materials and Resources

     Review the resolutions here.
     Review Diocesan annual reports here.
     Review Diocesan committee nominations here.
     Review the budget presentation here.

Saturday, June 8 - Business session begins at 9 a.m.  Read the draft schedule here.

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.


Online Registration Now Open

Register online here.  The deadline for registration is May 24.

Attention: All Clergy & Elected Lay Delegates

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

May 1 - Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern - St. Edward's, Lancaster, 7 p.m.

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

Save the Date: Ordination of Deacons

On Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Bishop Baxter will be ordaining our seminarians as Transitional Deacons at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, 221 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. More details will follow. If you plan to attend, please email Carolyn Patterson.

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.

Rim parishes recently held their first youth event at Hope Church, Manheim. Read more here.


Book Review: The Rev. Clare Fergusson Novels

Rayelenn Sparks Casey of St. Edward's, Lancaster, shares a review of Julia Spencer-Fleming's series of mystery novels about an Episcopal priest in a small New York town. Read more book reviews here.  To submit a review for the diocesan website, contact Linda Arguedas.

Dates to Remember


  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern, May 1
  • Pentecost Celebration - Williamsport Churches, Indian Park, Montoursville, May 19
  • Deacon Ordinations - June 2, St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • Diocesan Convention (business session) is June 8.
  • Presiding Bishop celebrates Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Sept. 6-8


Remember in Your Prayers


Jennifer, daughter of The Rev. Cliff Johnston, who is suffering from advanced congestive heart failure and blood flow reversal owing to a hole in her heart.

Susan Hinton, wife of Canon Greg Hinton, who continues her healing.

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

The Rev. Deacon Janice Fritz, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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