What Does the Diocesan Standing
By the Rev. Canon Stephen C.
Article IV of the Constitution
and Canons of The Episcopal Church require that
“In every Diocese a Standing Committee shall be
elected by the Convention.” The responsibilities
of the Standing Committee are very broad and
involve every aspect of the church. The Standing
Committee functions as the “Bishop’s Council of
Advice,” and in the absence of a Bishop is the
ecclesiastical authority in the diocese. A
bishop’s election cannot be confirmed without the
consent of the majority of the Standing Committees
in the Episcopal Church, nor can a Deacon or
Priest be ordained without the consent of the
Standing Committee. In matters of property, the
consent of the Standing Committee is required
before any church property can be bought or sold.
In the Diocese of Central
Pennsylvania the Standing Committee comprises six
members from the clergy order (two of which may be
deacons), and six members from the lay order.
Members are elected at the Diocesan Convention for
a term of three years, although they may be
elected for a further three year term to run
For information, contact the Rev.
Canon Stephen C. Casey.
See a list of Standing
Committee members here.
First Diocesan Assembly,
Daughters of the King
The first assembly of the Diocese
of Central Pennsylvania Daughters of the King will
take place at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208
West Foster Avenue, State College, on November 3
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme is “Hymns
as Prayers.” All Daughters and others in the
Diocese are welcome. Registration and a light
continental breakfast will start at 9:30 a.m., and
Morning Prayer will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
The Eucharist will be celebrated at 3:30
p.m. Learn more here.
All Ages Invited to the
Diocesan Education Festival
All youth leaders, church school teachers and
youth (9th through 12th grade)
Middle schoolers are welcome but may not stay
overnight. Limited registration available.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Youth Ministry Appreciation
Dinner and Lock-In
St. John’s, Lancaster
Life Long Formation Day
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Life Long Formation Conference
St. James, Lancaster
Guest speakers: Rodger Nishioka and
Dr. Deirdre Good.
Workshops for the whole
Children's program for 6-12 year
Childcare will be available on Saturday.
Online registration is available
Podcast Series: Revival and
Renewal at St. Mary's, Waynesboro
Now available - the second in a
three-part podcast series on the revival and
renewal currently being experienced at St. Mary's,
Waynesboro. In this episode, The Rev. Linda
Watkins, rector of St. Mary's, discusses the
appreciative inquiry process and how it impacted
the parish's growth and development. Listen to the podcast
Book Review - Open Secrets: A
Spiritual Journey Through a Country Church
Shirley, M.Th., a member of St. Paul's,
Bloomsburg, reviews Richard Lischer's Open Secrets: A
Spiritual Journey Through a Country Church.
Would you like to review books for the diocesan
website? Contact Linda Arguedas.
More reviews are available here.
New to the Digest - WE Are the
Read about new and exciting
things that make us proud to be the Episcopal
Church in Central Pennsylvania.
Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church,
Camp Hill, The Rev. Duncan Johnston
Over 500 members, with 103 members under the age
of 18 and an average Sunday attendance of over
200. Read more here.
Remember in Your Prayers
wife of The Rev. Canon Greg Hinton, who is in a
rehab facility recovering from surgery.
Janice Pursel, the widow of The Rev. Canon
Robert Pursel, who continues a complex
rehabilitation following surgery.
Elaine Lovelace, wife of Canon
David Lovelace, who is recovering from surgery.
Mary Stevenson, wife of The Rev.
Fred Stevenson, who remains in the hospital.
The complete diocesan
prayer list is available on the website.