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The EPISCOPAL Diocese of Pennsylvania has a wealth of resources available to clergy and lay employees, intended to promote health and wellness in the broadest sense. This website is an effort to inform about what resources are available, and to encourage  their use. It is a page in formation. So please check back from time to time, because we may have added new resources or clarified information about the ones already available. The point is to prioritize care of ourselves so that we are better able to serve God and others in the mission and ministry we have been called to undertake.
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WELLNESS FUND of the Widow’s Corporation

The Fund for Clergy and Clergy Family Wellness can provide assistance for a variety of needs in regard to the health and well-being of the insured clergy and family members. Eligibility is open to active or retired clergy who are insured through the Widow’s Corporation, and their families. Covered expenses may include un-reimbursed medical or dental expenses, eye or hearing care, psychological or vocational counseling, retreats, exercise programs, etc., with the approval of the Bishop or the Bishop’s designee. Applications may be found online at www.thewidowscorporation.org. Click on Programs and then Wellness. Complete the application and send it to Doug Horner for review and approval on behalf of the Bishop. If the application is approved, she will make sure that payment is processed.

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CHRISTMAS FUND

The Christmas Fund is a collection of funds governed by Canon 7.7 of the Diocesan Canons, held for the benefit of three categories of recipients: clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of PA who are disabled; the surviving spouses and orphans or other dependents of clergy; and third, seminarians and self-supporting clergy and their dependents on the recommendation of the Bishop. Applications can be printed by clicking here, and the supporting documentation can be found here. The Christmas Fund Board, elected at Convention, meets several times a year, but not monthly. Applications will be considered at regularly scheduled meetings. Any questions, call Kay Johnson, Treasurer, at 215.260.1270.

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CLERGY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Clergy Financial Assistance Grants are awarded to active clergy in the Diocese of Pennsylvania who are experiencing financial hardship during a transition. The committee also invites applications from clergy serving in a parish that is unable to keep current the cleric’s compensations, pension and health insurance benefits. Grants are awarded for a (3) month period. If hardship continues, clergy are eligible for an additional (3) month grant. The committee will not consider a third application. Applications can be downloaded from the Diocesan website or by clicking here.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANTS

The Newlin Fund is the endowment set aside by the Bishop and the Standing Committee to support Continuing Education. The Continuing Education Committee members are appointed by the Bishop. The meet four times a year at the Diocesan Office . Clergy, lay employees and some volunteers are eligible to apply for the funding. There is an expectation that the Continuing Educatons award will assist a portion of the total costs, in partnership with contributions from the parish and the individual. The meeting dates, guidelines and application can be downloaded from the Diocesan website or by clicking here. The present Chair of the Continuing Education Committee is The Reverend Elizabeth Colton.

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SEMINARIANS FUND

Seminarians Fund, also know as AID to Theological Students, is a funding source consisting of several endowments dedicated to provide financial assistance for seminarians in the Diocese of Pennsylvania’s ordination process. Only Postulants and Candidates may apply. The committee meets once a year in May to make grant allocations. Applications are due on April 30th, and should be sent to Canon Jill Mathis or Marcia White online at the Diocesan office at jillm@diopa.org or marciaw@diopa.org. Members are appointed by the Bishop. The Reverend Carol Anthony is the Chair of the Seminarians Fund.

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SABBATICAL GRANTS

Sabbatical Leave grant applications are reviewed by the Continuing Education Committee at their quarterly meetings. Clergy are eligible for leave after the 6th year of their tenure, with consultation for the Vestry. Guidelines and applications may be found on line by clicking here. The present Chair of the Continuing Education Committee is The Reverend Elizabeth Colton.

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DEACONESS’S FUND

Funds are available to women seeking ordained ministry or seeking a post-baccalaureate degree program which would further her lay ministry. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. See the eligibility criteria and the grant information here.

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CLERGY DAUGHTER’S FUND

This Fund distributes income annually to support the education of daughters of Episcopal clergy, who do not have adequate means to pay for their education, in private schools or colleges. Applications must be complete by June 30th for the following year. For additional information on the Clergy Daughter’s Fund, or to apply, please click here.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

Below you will find even more assistance programs that are available, however; the programs listed below are not provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. These are programs that we have found out about by either the news, word of mouth or other means. While they are not Diocesan sponsored programs, we never the less want you to be aware of them as they can be a vital resource. If you stumble across a program that isn’t listed below, please let us know by emailing us. We’ll be happy to research and include it here!

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FRED’S FOOTSTEPS

Fred’s Footsteps is an organization named for the former president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross. Fred’s Footsteps provides financial assistance to hard-working, middle class families in the area who find themselves in financial straits due to caring for a seriously ill, injured, or disabled child. For information about Fred’s Footsteps visit fredsfootsteps.com.