Diocesan Digest



April 25, 2012

2012 Diocesan Convention News

"Revive Us Again"

June 8 & 9, 2012
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
1450 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801

Registration is now open. Register online (either by single delegate or group); payment accepted by credit card or check (payment must be received prior to Convention). Advance online registration is required for Diocesan Convention. All clergy and delegates must register online by May 21. Neither paper nor on-site registration are available.

Reminders before you register for convention:

* Parish Parochial Report has been completed and filed
* Lay Delegate Certification form has been completed (at Annual Meeting) and sent to Diocese

2011 annual reports to convention and convention resolutions are available for review.


Nominations for Standing Committee, Council of Trustees, and Disciplinary Board are now posted on the website.

Convention aprons available

Convention ApronThe Altoona Convocation is selling red aprons with the Diocesan logo for $15.00. Proceeds benefit The Rev. Leslie Doyle (late rector of All Saints, Brookland and Christ Church, Coudersport) Campership Fund. This fund provides camperships for those children who cannot afford to attend summer camp.


Don't be left out of this year’s convention fashion craze – reserve your apron now!


Email Altoona Convener Mary Amato to reserve your apron.

Views from the Pews

Mother Hubbard’s – 40 years of Ministry (and still going): Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was established in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The goal of the program is to provide food items for the residents of Mifflin County. Watch the video to learn more.


Night Watch at the Cathedral

Mark your calendars for this special event... a Night Watch at our St. Stephen's Cathedral! Night Watch is a program for high school and middle school kids (grades 6-12). For the first time it's coming to St. Stephen's Cathedral on May 19th and 20th, 2012. The event is being sponsored by the Diocese of Central PA Youth Committee and hosted by St. Stephen's Cathedral. For more details and registration click here.

Book Review: Fragments of Your Ancient Name

Fragments of Your Ancient NameNow available on the diocesan website: a review of the book "Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine" by Joyce Rupp, reviewed by the Rev. Mary Kisner, rector, Christ Church, Berwick.

Convocation Assembly Meeting

The final Spring Convocation Assembly Meeting will be held on April 25 for the Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern Convocations at the Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Who is to attend: Representation is to include all clergy canonically resident or serving parishes in the convocation and three lay delegates from each parish, with at least one lay delegate from each parish who has served as a delegate at the last diocesan convention. The nature of parish representation in the canons points out an expectation that delegates to diocesan convention are chosen not only to represent the parish at the time of convention itself, but that delegates also have a responsibility for helping to carry out decisions made by convention. The thought is that as "partners in Christ" we need to have individuals who both formulate decisions (from convention) as well as help implement them in local regions.

Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament Sponsorships

This year's Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament will take place June 11 at the Links at Gettysburg. For the tournament this year, Bishop Baxter advised that he has designated The Episcopal Home to share in the net proceeds.  A sponsorship form is now available for download.

For more details about the tournament, visit the website or contact John Stevenson or Mark Wivell, event co-chairs.


Remember in Your Prayers

The Rev. Pete Gdula, The Rev. Wanda Kloza, and The Rev. Henry McQueen, our newly ordained deacons.


Deacon Charles (Charlie) Clark, Director of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, who died on April 16. Deacon Clark is best known to the diocese as the person who brought greetings to the Diocesan Convention from the Bishop of Harrisburg each year. Charlie worked in the ecumenical community in our area for many years.


Father George Hough, who is recovering from bypass surgery.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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Harrisburg, PA 17108

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