Diocesan Digest



 August 24, 2015


Diocesan Convention 2015: Mapping the Way


The 145th Diocesan Convention will take place at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona, with Opening Eucharist hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Altoona, Oct. 16-17, 2015

Friday evening, Oct. 16 – Keynote & discussions with Bishop Audrey Scanlan (Blair County Convention Center)

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Opening Eucharist, 9 a.m., St. Luke's, Altoona

Business session to follow Eucharist (Blair County Convention Center)

Convention Registration Is Now Open

Register online here.

Please note: Convention registration fee includes registration and meals. Overnight hotel accommodations need to be made separately by phoning individual hotels. Blocks of rooms are reserved at these hotels and are open ONLY until Sept. 15.

This information can be found on the diocesan website.


Convention Business Information

Diocesan Finance Information

Convention Resolutions

Review the eight resolutions here.

Convention Reports

Review the submitted reports here.


Nominations for Diocesan Committees

Review the nominees here.

Fall Convocation Meetings


Attention clergy and lay delegates to convention!

Fall Convocation meetings dates are as follows:

Lancaster – Sept. 16 – St. Edward's, Lancaster, 6:30 p.m.

Harrisburg & Southern – Sept. 22 - St. Andrew’s, Shippensburg, 6:30 p.m.

Altoona & Susquehanna – Sept. 29, St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg, 6:30 p.m.

Northern Tier & West Branch – Oct. 3 – Trinity Pro Cathedral, Williamsport – 5:00 p.m.

All lay delegates and clergy are expected to attend these meetings for briefing and discussions on the 2016 Diocesan Budget and Resolutions.

Follow Bishop-Elect Audrey's Blog


"Compass Points ~ Mapping the Way"

You can find the blog online here or by clicking the "Bishop's Blog" button on the Diocesan homepage.

Workshop on the Spiritual Needs of ALL Children


Congregations are now collaborating with THRIVE to hold special interest days for mission leadership. Designed to enhance and support the local leadership these days are opportunities for congregational leadership to gather around a focus for growth in their parishes.

On Aug. 29 St. John’s, Marietta, will host a special opportunity (Special Needs Ministry: Developing a Strategy for Spiritual Growth) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Guy Legare, Vice President Behavioral Supports at Supportive Concepts for Families.

“Many Christian parents of children with special needs desire for their children to attend church school where they can receive excellent opportunities to deepen spirituality in an environment that supports the values the parents seek to instill at home. We welcome Guy Legare, as a facilitator for our deeper understanding of the ways to be present to others, in order to best serve all God’s Children.” ~ The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge

Learn more and register here.

St. Thomas to Host Viewing of Consecration Livestreaming


The Spiritual Center at St. Thomas in Lancaster is hosting a livestreaming of the consecration of The Rev. Canon Audrey Scanlan as Bishop of our diocese for the Lancaster Convocation. The Rev. John Emmert will celebrate the Eucharist, for those watching, simultaneously with the Eucharist celebration in Harrisburg. Doors of the Spiritual Center will open at 10:00 a.m. (enter the building at the door by the office); light refreshments will be served.

In order to accommodate all attendees comfortably, we ask that you contact the parish office by phone or email if you plan to attend.

Thank you – The St. Thomas parish staff

Phone: 717-569-3241 Email: saintthomaschurch@comcast.net

The consecration service will be livestreamed and can be viewed here.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Miracles All Over

JSA Volunteers

Mission Team Trinity Jersey Shore – making a difference!

Inspired by Transform Williamsport, a small group of people from Jersey Shore Area churches gathered in March to consider a similar program of providing help to local homeowners in need with repairs and delayed maintenance issues.

Read more here and view the television coverage here.


Dates to Remember

Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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