Diocesan Digest



 September 25, 2013

Children, Youth & Young Adult Ministries: Alive and Growing

The 2014 calendar of diocesan events for these ministries is as follows. Please save these dates and join us for all the excitement, fellowship and growth this next year is sure to bring!

Vocare #1, a Retreat for Young Adults at Camp Mount Luther, Jan. 3-5

Young adults (ages 18-30)

Happening #7 at Camp Mount Luther, Feb. 14-16

High school youth

Middle School Lenten Retreat at Camp Mount Luther, March 14-16

Middle school youth (participants)
High school juniors and seniors (staff)
Young adults (staff)
Staff preference given to those who have attended prior diocesan events

Province III Youth Retreat at NorthBay Adventure, North East, Md., March 14-16

High school youth

Diocesan Convention Youth Presence, June 13-14

High school youth
14 seats available, preference given to High School Juniors and Seniors

Episcopal Youth Event 2014 (EYE 2014) at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pa., July 8-14

High school youth (participants, completed 9th-completed 12th grade, 24 seats available)
Young adults (staff, 8 seats available)

X-Teen Summer Camp and Mission Trip at Camp Mount Luther (Dates and mission site TBD)

High school youth (participants)
Young adults (staff)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) at Camp Mount Luther, Aug. 3-8

Children (completed K-5th grade, participants, half-week program for completed K-2nd)
Middle school youth (participants)
High school youth (interns, a.k.a. “counselors-in-training”)
Young adults (co-counselors with Camp Mount Luther summer staff)

For more information, or to register for an event, please visit the Diocesan Website or contact Fr. Patrick Collins at (717) 236-5959 ext. 110.


Attention All Clergy and Vestry Wardens - LAST CALL


You are invited to attend "Building a Multicultural Church."
Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Andrew's, Lewisburg

Led by a diverse team of seasoned facilitators and in the context of the Baptismal Covenant, participants will be guided through and discuss activities designed to raise awareness of the way “isms” function among us and how we respond to them. Visit the website for more information and to register for this event.

Diocesan Grant Information

Operation Understanding Fall Grant Cycle

Operation Understanding is now accepting applications for the Fall grant cycle. Grant funds are available for outreach ministries that provide food, shelter, clothing, and energy assistance to people in need. Grants are given to Episcopal churches in our diocese that house or are deeply involved in these ministries.

Autumn grant funds typically range from $200 to $1,000, and priority is given to new programs. Grant applications are easily accessible on the diocesan website. The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 31, 2013.

Project Grants Fall Applications Due Oct. 1

Please make your application using the online submission form found on the diocesan website. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Amato.

LARC Day of Dialogue

"A Pastoral Approach to Interreligious Marriage"

Monday, October 28, 2013, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cardinal Keeler Center
4800 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Download the registration form here.

ECW Annual Meeting

The ECW Annual Meeting will take place Nov. 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. John's, Lancaster. The Diocesan ECW Board invites every woman in the diocese to attend. This year, Mary Ellen Baxter will be honored during the luncheon. For more details and to register, download the flyer.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

St. Luke's, Altoona, hosted a Homecoming during a “Service of Renewal and Fellowship."

Read more here.

School of Christian Studies Registration Open

The School of Christian Studies in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is ready to begin a new season. Guided by our Bishop Nathan and Advisory Board and chair, Canon David Lovelace, we are here to serve and equip you in your call to serve Christ in the church. As a diocesan school we are a faith community that engages in formation through online learning, cohort groups, prayer, discernment, internships, and worship.

Registration: School of Christian Studies Vocational Program

Dates to Remember


  • Sept. 28 - Deacons Day with the Bishop, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Oct. 5 - Building a Multicultural Church, St. Andrew's, Lewisburg (contact David Miron for details)
  • Oct. 30 - Lancaster Convocation meeting, St. James, Lancaster, 7 p.m., light refreshments (contact The Rev. Jonathan Currier)
  • Nov. 9 - Harrisburg Convocation meeting, St. Andrew's in the Valley, Harrisburg, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (contact Deacon Pat Strohl)
  • Nov. 13 - West Branch & Northern Tier Convocation meeting, All Saints, Williamsport, 7 p.m., light refreshments (contact The Rev. Lauri Kerr)
  • Nov. 14 - Altoona Convocation meeting, Holy Trinity, Hollidaysburg, 7 p.m., light refreshments (contact The Rev. Cliff Johnston)


Remember in Your Prayers


Marie-Hélène Mollard, the mother-in-law of The Rev. Beth Mollard, passed away on Sept. 19 at the age of 106. Please remember François, Beth and the whole family as they mourn her loss and celebrate her life.

Deacon Janice Fritz, as she enters retirement and continues her cancer treatments.

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:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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