Diocesan Digest



October 17, 2012

What Does the Diocesan Standing Committee Do?

By the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, President

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 consecutively.

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

Youth Ministry Appreciation Dinner

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 GoodWorkshops for the whole family.

Children's program for 6-12 year olds
Childcare will be available on Saturday.


Online registration is available here.



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 here.

Book Review - Open Secrets: A Spiritual Journey Through a Country Church

Open SecretsJohn 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 Diocese...

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

Susan Hinton, 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.


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