News & Events

Covenant with ECS

For almost 150 years the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and Episcopal Community Services have partnered in various ways to serve the needs of the individuals and families experiencing poverty in our region. The leaders of both the Diocese and ECS desire to deepen our responses to the persisting problems and trauma that poverty creates. Today ... [read more]


As we journey toward the holiest of nights, it is often easy to overlook the miraculous. Wonder and reverence are often relegated to the past. Yet, the reality of the Incarnation still shines out over the glare of commercialism, nationalism, secularism, and individualism.  God, in humble submission, peered into our eyes from a manger so ... [read more]

A Roadmap for Sustainability

There are a hundred ways to save God’s creation and make your church better in the process. (And, some that will save money.)  The Creation Committee is a valuable resource within the Diocese to help churches do this.  Claire Nevin-Field, rector of St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia and a member of the Committee, has come ... [read more]

Advent Season Music

(Updated 12/6) Advent, a time of preparation and expectation for the coming celebration of our Lord’s nativity, will be alive with music across the Diocese. Please check this list below for what is happening in your area. Our Diocesan calendar is updated weekly. 12/2, Malvern: Advent Lessons and Carols, St. Peter’s in the Great Valley. ... [read more]

#GiveBackFriday and #GivingTuesday

Both hashtagged days were created as a way to counter-balance the rush to spend money in the holiday season. A way to focus on organizations and people that need help.  If you or your church is looking for ways to give back this year, here are a few options.  Please email us as well (at ... [read more]

(Early) Christmas Shopping across the Diocese

  If you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, visit some of these churches for unique offerings and activities for adults and children. Best part, the monies raised go back into our churches and their outreach programs.   11/16 – 11/17, Essington Christmas Bazaar @ St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, ... [read more]

Diocesan Magazine Publishes

  A publication of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, Caminos shares stories of hope and faith. The Fall/Winter issue of Caminos was distributed at the 235th Convention. Churches will receive copies of the magazine and it is accessible online here.  In this issue, readers will find resources available to the Diocese, beyond Sunday programming, details ... [read more]

Convention 2018 Recap

Friday Night Service (11/8) In spite of the rain, people came out for Friday night’s service to officially begin the 235th Convention.  (We heard from Michael Ruk, dean of the Bucks County deanery, that some people drove three hours into the city for the service.)  Thank you to all who braved the elements to be ... [read more]

New Diocesan Seal Unveiled

The Diocese has a new seal to be used in all communications and marketing.  For more on the evolution of the seal, read this. 

Addressing the sin of violence

In a holy sanctuary, less than five hours from our beloved diocese, families walked into the Tree of Life synagogue for a Shabbat service. Women, men and children beginning their sacred service with prayers of gratitude for life. A man filled with hate and rage, encouraged by a society that seems to worship at the ... [read more]

Growth Development Fund Grants Available

Each week we will share with you a new initiative or resource that you may not know about. This week Bishop Gutiérrez details the Growth Development Fund which is now open for applications.   This unique grant fund will distribute $1.5M to diocesan churches over five years. Each year, 10 churches can receive up to $30K. ... [read more]

Bishop Gutierrez Part of Delegation of Episcopal Bishops in Rome for Canonization of Archbishop Romero

Bishop Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez was in Rome over the weekend as part of a delegation of Episcopal priests to witness elevating El Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero to sainthood. Romero was a beloved priest and advocate against social and economic injustice.  In his last homily, on March 23, 1980, he called on Salvadoran soldiers and ... [read more]

Parish Wellness Centers

  In our efforts to be active in advocating for social and economic equality, we have created partnerships with local universities so our parishes can be points of access to care in addition to places of worship. These Wellness Centers will be staffed by nursing and social work students to provide needed services to the community. No ... [read more]

News from the Diocese (9/20)

Please subscribe to this newsletter and other diocesan mailings here. Here are this week’s highlights: @WorkforYou: The Asset Map Register for Convention How Will You Bear Witness? Open Enrollment with CPG Church Farm School Receives Grant from Oprah Winfrey Episcopal Preschools Conference (10/20 @ St. Christopher’s, Gladwyne) Pre-Convention Meetings Diocesan Rites of Christian Initiation (9/29 ... [read more]

@WorkforYou: The Asset Map

    Each week we will share with you a new initiative or resource that you may not know about. This week, the Asset Map a joint program between The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief and Development. Canon Jennifer Tucker discusses how churches can find information and easily populate the map.

News from the Diocese (9/13)

The Offices of the Diocese will be closed on Monday, September 17 for a staff retreat. Please subscribe to this newsletter and other diocesan mailings here. Here are this week’s highlights: @WorkforYou: Congregational Life & ReDevelopment Open Enrollment with CPG St. James’ Outreach House Ground Breaking Ceremony Bishop Gutiérrez’s Holds Office Hours @ Trinity, Coatesville ... [read more]

Open Enrollment with CPG

  Annual Enrollment with CPG begins on October 15 and runs until November 3, 2018.  Keep an eye on the mail as CPG is sending each member a letter with the dates and other information. The plan selection will be the same as last year, with no significant changes to the plans. The rate sheet for ... [read more]

@WorkforYou: Congregational Life and ReDevelopment

    Each week we will share with you a new initiative or resource that you may not know about. This week, the Congregational Life and ReDevelopment Team (CLRT) which provides support to parishes. Rev. Michael Ruk, part of CLRT, gives an overview on an event we are hosting on 9/19/18 for clergy of small churches.

New Mission Process Approved

  Throughout the Episcopal Church the term “mission church” holds many meanings. In the Diocese of Pennsylvania, it refers to churches that are part of the Diocesan Coalition for Mission and Ministry (DCMM). Program Designated as far back as the 1980s, these congregations are dedicated to serving poor and vulnerable persons and focus their ministries ... [read more]