November 2, 2016

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Bishop Gutierrez's Welcome to Diocesan Convention

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As Diocesan Convention approaches my thoughts turn to this first time together to celebrate our faith and do the business of the Diocese. This video is my greeting to you in anticipation of our time together. I have been lifted by your spirits as I traveled throughout the Diocese making pilgrimages to get to know you where you worship and where you live.

I look forward to our time together this week and will keep you in my prayers during the days ahead.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Gutierrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Calls for Prayer for Standing Rock Sioux Nation

In a new video, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued an invitation for prayers for the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and all those gathered in support of the advocacy efforts.
Presiding Bishop Curry asks that people pause and pray on Thursday, November 3 at noon local time.

Former CNY Priest Chosen as Episcopal Church's 

First Black Bishop Diocesan.

A former Syracuse priest on Saturday became the first black woman to be elected to serve as a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot of a five-candidate election. 
From 2004 to 2012 Baskerville-Burrows served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church on Madison Street in Syracuse and as a chaplain at Syracuse University. While in Syracuse she wrote a popular food blog and was a community columnist for The Post-Standard.
She currently serves as director of networking in the Diocese of Chicago. 
"The Episcopal Church is where I found my relationship with Jesus some 30 years ago," Baskerville-Burrows said in a statement. 
"It teaches me that the world is filled with incredible beauty and unspeakable pain and that God is deeply in the midst of it all loving us fiercely. So each day, nourished by the sacraments and stories of our faith, the beauty of our liturgical tradition, the wide embrace of this Christian community, I learn over and over again how to live without fear."
Two other black women have been elected bishops in the past, but both were elected as suffragan bishops and served under a diocesan bishop. 
Baskerville-Burrows is the first black woman elected to lead an entire Episcopal diocese.
Bishops and standing committees throughout the Episcopal Church still have to consent to the election. Assuming they do, Baskerville-Burrows will be ordained and consecrated as a bishop in April.

Episcopal Youth Event 2017

The 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will focus on the theme  Path to Peace , based on Matthew 5:1-12.
Path to Peace  as a theme was developed by the EYE17 Mission Planning Team who discerned a call to focus on peacemaking and the ways each member of the Jesus Movement can pursue a path to peace.
Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE17 will be held on July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the  University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, in partnership with the  Diocese of Oklahoma. More on EYE17 here
" Path to Peace  represents both the inward and outward actions we are called to engage as members of the Jesus Movement," explained Bronwyn Clark Skov, Presiding Bishop's Staff Officer for Youth Ministry. "Embracing this theme, the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event will focus on helping participants identify how they can engage peacemaking and reconciliation in their communities."
Based on the theme, the EYE17 Mission Planning Team's Evangelism Committee developed the featured logo. The logo was designed by Christoph Herpel, EYE17 Mission Planning Team mentor. An Art Director at Gerasch Communication, Herpel resides in Germany and has been active with Youth Across Europe, a program of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. 
Applications Accepted for Pastoral Care Team
Applications are still being accepted for the EYE17 Pastoral Care Team, which will be comprised of young adults and adults at least 19 years of age, who are willing to volunteer to support the ministry and work of EYE17. Among the Pastoral Care Team positions are: Residential Staff; Peer Ministers, Chaplains; and Medical Care Team.
To serve as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, applicants must be willing to submit to a Criminal Sexual Background Check; provide evidence of completing Safeguarding God's Children Training; demonstrate experience in successful and appropriate supervision of teens in overnight situations; and be available to travel to Oklahoma City on July 10 and depart no sooner than noon on July 14.
For more information about the Pastoral Care Team, contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Pastoral Care Team Coordinator and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Episcopal Church at
Participating in EYE17
Registration for EYE17 occurs at the diocesan level and will be available in January.

Diocesan Convention Approaches


As the 233rd Annual Diocesan Convention approaches, there are some simple things to keep in mind.

Schedule for November 4

4:00 p.m. - Clergy meet with the Bishop at International House, Philadelphia in the Ibrahim Theater (3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104). Attendance is not mandatory, it will be an informal discussion for any clergy who would like to meet and ask questions.

5:00 p.m. - Budget Discussion: In the Chapter Room, located in the Cathedral Offices in the Liem Azar Cathedral Center. This forum is intended to be an opportunity for people to ask questions or seek clarity on the budget.

6:00 p.m. - Vesting for Clergy for the Seating of our Bishop and the Service of Holy Eucharist on Friday evening, November 4: Alb and white stole. It will take place in the Early Learning Center of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in the Undercroft. The best access is from Ludlow Street.

6:30 p.m. - Opening Eucharist and Seating of the Bishop

Parking: Friday, November 5:

Metered street parking around the Cathedral

LAZ parking, 3665 Market Street - Entrance on the north side of Market. The lot is open 24/7 with sliding rates and discounted evening and weekend ($9 per day) rates.

Walnut 38 Park, 38th & Walnut Streets - Entrance on the east side of 38th. This garage is open 7 days a week - 6:30 a.m. - midnight. $10 for the first hour + $2 each additional hour with early bird and evening rates.

Schedule for November 5

7:30 a.m - Registration begins

8:30 a.m. - Gathering music at 8:15 a.m. with Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m - Convention begins

Parking: Saturday, November 5:

LAZ Parking, 39th & Market Streets - entrance on the east side of 39th has been reserved for our use. (This is the lot across 38th St. from the Cathedral.)

Metered street parking around the Cathedral

Photography for Clergy:

A head shot for those clergy who do not have one will be taken in the Dean's Office in the Cathedral Offices in the Liem Azar Cathedral Center on Saturday.

Streaming video will be accessible for Friday's service on the DIOPA Facebook page at Streaming video of the Convention on Saturday will be accessible at and


If you have any additional questions, please contact Mark Klinger ( ) or Linda Hollingsworth ( ) or you can reach Mark or Linda at the Office of the Diocese by calling 215-627-6434 during our regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

Gifts of Stock

As we approach the end of the year, you might want to think about making a gift of stock to the Diocese of Pennsylvania, The Church Foundation or any of the parishes, schools and other institutions within the Diocese.

The Church Foundation is equipped to help facilitate your charitable giving. The process is easy, and offers benefits to both the donor and the recipient.

Visit The Church Foundation website or contact Lori Daniels at 215-220-9886 or Alan Lindsay at 215-621-8310 for more information.

The DIOPA Resource Guide is here!
We have heard your suggestions, compiled them, and we would like to present the DIOPA Resource Guide: a directory of information about the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and how we can best serve you. We encourage you to explore the website at
This website is designed to continue to capture information that is useful and relevant to all members of the Diocese. Please continue to submit your suggestions. Contact J.D. Lafrance at or use our online form:

Introducing our new Diocesan Mobile App "DIOPAConnect"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As part of my promise to better serve you, I am pleased to present a major initiative from the Offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. This mobile directory app will help us all to feel connected, provides useful information about parishes, and enables us to have one more important way to stay informed about everything going on in our wonderful Diocese. We are here to help and to serve you, and this mobile app is an important step in showing the kind of innovation and emphasis that is placed on equipping our congregations to build the Kingdom of God.

The Rt Rev Daniel G.P. Gutierrez
XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

Our new diocesan directory mobile application has been developed to help members of our diocese have direct access to one another no matter where we are, and to promote connectivity by adding photos, shared experiences and our Twitter feed to the basic data contained in our diocesan directory. This is part of our new initiative to be better servants to our community of faith through effective communications with the goal of using mobile technology to meet the needs of our parishes, clergy and laity.

The new mobile directory app "DIOPAConnect" is now available for download.

DIOPAConnect: The Offices of Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania mobile application, is an app designed for connecting clergy and laity to contact information, parish information, events and social media. This app is free to install.

It will allow you to:
  • Carry the Mobile Directory with you wherever you go.
  • Quickly call or email anyone in the directory
  • Get directions or find the nearest Parish, plus the contact information
  • Keep up to date by staying current with Events Calendar and add reminders for important events
  • Share your experiences on the "Wall"
  • View Photos
  • Follow the Diocese on Twitter

To download the mobile application go to the "App Store" icon on your iPhones or the "Google Play" icon on your Android Phone and search for "DIOPA" or "DIOPA mobile directory."

Let us know how DiopaConnect works for you. User feedback helps us to tailor our applications to better meet your needs.

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