Diocesan Digest



 June 1, 2015


THRIVE Is Alive! Diocesan Leadership Day for All Clergy and Laity


June 12-13 (State College)

Friday Evening:

  • Keynote Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
  • Counting What Counts: Principles in the Practice of Stewardship
  • Radical Hospitality to the Hungry

Saturday Workshops on:

  • The Episcopal Church Building Fund - Jump Start (bring a parish team)
  • Stewardship and Finance
  • Biblical Storytelling
  • Eliminating Racism
  • The Vital and Effective Leadership Institute
  • Stewardship of Environment
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training
  • Person Directed Framework: Listening, Learning, Responding
  • Children's Ministry Training

Full workshop descriptions are available here.

Register online.

Childcare will be available.

Diocese Notified of Successful Consent Process


Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Registrar of General Convention, the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, have notified the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania that Bishop-Elect Audrey Scanlan has received the required majority of consents in the canonical consent process.

Read more here.

Diocesan Convention 2015



Friday, Oct. 16 - location: Blair County Convention Center, Altoona
Saturday, Oct. 17 - location: St. Luke’s, Altoona

Nominations for Diocesan Committees are now open.

Positions to be filled:

  • Standing Committee – 2 Clergy & 2 Lay persons
  • Council of Trustees – 1 Clergy & 1 Lay person
  • Disciplinary Board – 1 Clergy & 2 Lay persons

Contact Deacon Hank Morrow for additional information and to volunteer for a committee and serve your diocese! 

Call for Resolutions for Convention 2015 – Opens June 1

Deadline to submit a resolution is July 15, 2015

Please submit to The Rev. Veronica Chappell.

Convention registration will open online July 1, 2015

Fall convocation meeting dates are listed below. (Locations TBD)

Sept. 16, Lancaster
Sept. 22, Harrisburg & Southern
Sept. 29, Altoona & Susquehanna
Oct. 1, Northern Tier & West Branch

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Honor, Serve, Bless

Read the full story of how Trinity Church, Jersey Shore, blessed fire trucks and volunteers while honoring community service.


From the Transition Committee


The Ordination and Consecration of The Rev. Canon Audrey Cady Scanlan

New Place: The Forum, 500 Walnut St., Harrisburg

New Time: 11 a.m., Sept. 12, 2015

The Transition Committee has felt the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout all of the work we have been given to do and especially now.  A site previously unavailable to us for the consecration has now become available.

We are pleased to announce that the venue of the Consecration for Bishop-Elect Audrey Scanlan will move from the Hilton Harrisburg to the Forum.  With this change we are now able to hold the service at 11 a.m. rather than 9 a.m.  This gives us the gift of time together before the service. It also makes it possible for more people who would not have been able to attend because of the early start time to come and celebrate the consecration of our new bishop. Bishop-Elect Audrey Scanlan and our Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori are both very happy with these changes.

The Forum is located within walking distance from the Hilton.  It has recently been renovated with new seating and is handicap accessible.  It is also the home of the Harrisburg Symphony.  It can seat over 1600 people.

The reception will immediately follow in the Pennsylvania Room at the Hilton Harrisburg.  The banquet the evening before will also be held at the Hilton.

We are excited for the special time for our diocese and for our Bishop-Elect Audrey Scanlan.  We look forward to seeing you all on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12.

Click here to make room reservations.  Book by Aug. 11, 2015.

Diocesan Youth Events


Calling all youth campers!

Youth will be stomping in cold mountain streams, hiking trails, swimming, exploring the forests, paddling sacred waters and spending nights roasting marshmallows, singing, and laughing around the camp fire! If that interests you, join us the weekend of June 26-28 at Camp Hebron. You will also have a chance to meet a bunch of new friends, grow spiritually, and get closer to God!

Learn more here.

Need more information? Contact Youth Diocesan Youth Leaders Mary Ellen Kilp or Theda Tallman.

Dates to Remember


  • June 7 - Farewell service for The Rev. Betsy Ivey, St. Andrew's, Shippensburg
  • June 12-13 - Diocesan THRIVE, St. Andrew's, State College
  • June 14 - Farewell reception for The Rev. Chris Mason, St. Luke's, Mechanicsburg
  • June 21 - Farewell service for The Rev. Richard Wall, 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
  • Sept. 19 - Sacred Stitches Event, St. Luke's, Mount Joy
  • Sept. 25-27 - ECW Cape May Retreat, Marque de Lafayette
  • Oct. 16-17 -  Diocesan Annual Convention


Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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