Diocesan Digest



November 7, 2016


Diocesan Convention Update


Over two hundred clergy, delegates, and guests attended the 146th Annual Diocesan Convention on Oct. 14-15 at the Spooky Nook Conference Center in Manheim, Pa.

Read more here.

Annual Meeting Information


Each parish should hold an Annual Meeting of the Parish between Nov. 1 and April 1, prior to the next annual Diocesan Convention. The election of new Vestry members and the election of delegates and alternate delegates to Diocesan Convention is to take place during the annual meeting. The results of these elections are to be submitted to the diocesan office as soon as the elections and take place AND before April 15 of the same year.

PLEASE help us by submitting the information by using the forms listed below. Note: an email address is required for each vestry person/delegate. If a personal email address is not available, please use the parish email address. We no longer use snail mail for diocesan news – email addresses are important for dissemination of the good news!

Access the forms here.

Stevenson School for Ministry Events

Leading Into the Future: Developing Skills for Healthy Change

Nov. 19, begins 9:00 a.m. and ends 3:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s in the Valley, Harrisburg
No cost and lunch included

Approaching the Gospels Together: An Advent Adventure

Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Shippensburg

Spring Convocation Dates - All Invited


Lancaster - May 2

Harrisburg - May 3

Southern - May 4

Susquehanna - May 9

Altoona - May 11

Northern Tier & West Branch - May 16

Diocesan Youth Events 2016-2017 - Save the Dates



Dec. 2-4 Jr & Sr. High Youth - Diocesan Retreat (still time to register - learn more here)


Jan. 6-8 PYE Jr. & Sr. High Claggett Center, Adamstown, Md. (still time to register - learn more here)
Jan. 20-22 Happening Planning meeting
Feb. 17-20 Happening Sr. High Youth
March 17-19 Diocesan Jr. High Retreat
June 16-23 Summer Retreat Sr. High Youth
July 10-14 EYE Oklahoma Sr. High Youth
Aug. 5 Knoebels Reunion All ages

All youth from across the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania are invited and encouraged to attend any or all of the above events. Please contact Mrs. Mary Ellen Kilp for more information.


Regional Confirmation Dates


Feb. 4, 2017 - Southern
March 4, 2017 - Susquehanna
Apr. 15, 2017 - Harrisburg
June 3, 2017 - Lancaster
July 22, 2017 - Northern Tier
Sept. 30, 2017 - Altoona
Oct. 21, 2017 - West Branch

Parting Words From Bill Graffius, Retired Canon for Finance


Read here the year end finance update from Bill Graffius and his parting words of appreciation.

Urgent Need – Help for Refugee Resettlement

Urgent need! Our Diocese has been contacted by the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Office in Harrisburg. A larger than typical number of refugees is currently arriving. Recent arrivals are primarily Somali, Congolese, Syrian and Bhutanese Nepali. Most families have been in refugee camps for several years; some folks from Bhutan Nepal have been in camps up to 20 years. Prior to fleeing the war or unrest in their country some were university students or had higher education. They start out here in entry level jobs, often in warehouses. These families have 1-8 children.

Read more here.


Save the Date

  • Nov. 17 – Clergy Quiet Day with the Bishop
    Trinity Pro Cathedral – Williamsport – 9:30 a.m.
    St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Harrisburg – 3:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 – Leading Through Change Seminar – St. Andrew’s in the Valley, Harrisburg
  • May 22-24, 2017 – Clergy Conference - The Ramada Inn & Conference Center and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, State College

Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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