Diocesan Digest



 December 4, 2013

Diocesan Convention Resolutions Do Happen...


In this reflection from our Diocesan intern, Sarah Rathbun, read how the passing of a convention resolution has paved the way for more active youth leadership in our Diocese.

New - Youth Webpage for Diocese - Check It Out!


The youth of the diocese now have an exciting and new webpage! This is now the place to go if you are interested in learning more about, and registering for, our upcoming events including: Happening, Middle School Retreat, Provincial Youth Events, Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). One of the best features of this new website is a calendar, so you can see when our events are taking place. Check it out!

Young Adults to Gather for VOCARE


What is the Vocare weekend?

Vocare is a Latin word meaning “to call.” The Vocare weekend encourages young adults to delve into the lifelong process of discernment of their God-given vocation and calling in their own lives, in the Church, and in the world. We invite you to join us for a weekend of spiritual growth, empowerment, and fellowship.  Led by young adults for young adults, Vocare is not a weekend of pressure or forced sharing, but rather a fun, relaxing weekend for people at many different stages in their journeys.

The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is excited to be offering our very first Vocare from Jan. 3-5, 2014 at Camp Mount Luther in Mifflinburg, Pa.  The weekend will begin with registration from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 and end in the early afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 5. 

Read more about Vocare and register online here.


Anglican Church of Canada Offers Advent Podcast Series


Take time this Advent season to find peace amidst the holiday stress with "In days to come," a series of six devotional podcasts from the Anglican Church of Canada and St. Benedict's Table.

Revisit old Advent traditions or discover them for the first time. Reflect on prophetic words from Isaiah. Bring the joys and frustrations of day-to-day life to a place of stillness and anticipation with each five-minute episode.

Book Review: The Church in Transition


The Rev. Dr. David Robson, rector, St. Andrew's, York, provides a review of  The Church in Transition.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

St. Andrew's, Shippensburg, will present "A Musical Christmas Wish" Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's, 206 E. Burd St., Shippensburg. Proceeds from a free-will offering will benefit the residents of the Episcopal Home of Shippensburg.

Dates to Remember


  • Dec. 7 - Diocesan Training Day, Spiritual Center, St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • Dec. 24 - Live stream of Christmas Eve service from St. Mark's, Lewistown, 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 19 - LARC Vespers, Grace Lutheran Church, Shamokin, 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 25 - Investiture of Honorary Canons, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Feb. 3-5 - Clergy Conference, Holiday Inn Harrisburg.  Register online here.


Remember in Your Prayers

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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