Annual Diocesan Convention

You are invited to the 149th Annual Diocesan Convention, October 18 through October 19 at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, PA. This year, our theme is “Shaped by Faith.” Shaped by Faith focuses on the invitation to discern the future of our diocese together, in the next two years.

Registration on Friday, October 18 will be held in the lobby of the Zembo Shrine, and a Ministry Fair will be on display in the Tile Room. Upon registration check-in, attendees will have time to socialize, visit exhibits in the Tile Room until 6 p.m., and participate in various creative activities in the lobby. Hors d’oeuvres will be served during that time. Our keynote speaker will be American Architect, Duo Dickinson, Jr. Following the keynote speaker, a service of Evensong will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Harrisburg.

On Saturday, October 19, Convention will begin at the Zembo at 9 a.m., and the study of scripture, liturgy and Eucharist will be woven into the schedule of the day.

To read the event summary, click here. To register, click here. To register for diocesan convention, click here.




This year at diocesan convention, we are collecting donations for The Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope in Harrisburg. The Beacon Clinic is a faith-based, FREE primary healthcare clinic serving the uninsured and underserved in the Greater Harrisburg communities. We provide health education and the promotion of health and health care to adults 18 years and older.  For more information, visit

A list of current needs is found below. Please bring all donations to the Zembo Shrine on Friday, Oct. 18th.

Anti-bacterial wipes Hand sanitizer
Copy Paper Toilet Paper
Paper Towels – commercial folded and rolls Tissues
Kitchen size trash bags White out tape
Scotch tape for dispensers Medium size binder clips
Post it notes Black ball point pens
Cases of spring water Toner cartridges: TN-730 or TN-760 (Brother)
Toner cartridges: HP 950XL & 951 (HP) Toner cartridges: CMY 952 or 952XL & K 952 or 952 XL
Mechanical Pencils Mop with ringer & bucket


Altar Guild Swap Meet @the Ministry Fair
Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg

Clean out the Sacristy – Do you have 2 or 3 sets of Brass Candleholders? Possibly more fair linen than you know what to do with?

Bring your unused, but in good to great shape items that your Parish is not using to the Diocesan Convention Altar Guild Swap.  Another parish will be grateful for your generosity and willingness to share the extra resources, and while you are there, pick up an item you may be missing for your own parish.  You do not have to bring an item to take an item.

Items can be brought directly to Convention.

Candle stick holders, chalices, pattens, lavado bowls, altar flower holders, etc. Any items you are holding onto as extra or do not use, bring them all. For questions regarding the diocesan Altar Guild Swap Meet, contact Amy Swiernik,

Please, no used wax candles, worn out Books of Common Prayer, stained or discolored choir robes, frayed altar linens and vestments. If you have these types of items, Please, contact Ms. Kimberly Walters, St. Mary Mission, 2505 Nolt Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 (717)381-5816, to come and collect these items directly from your parish.

We sincerely thank you for participating in the Altar Guild Swap.

For questions regarding Convention, please contact Brenda Scott, Major Diocesan Events Coordinator at (717) 236-5959 ext.1110 or

We look forward to seeing you at Convention!

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