News & Events

$1.5M Infrastructure Grant Program to Enable Ministry

  First Round Awards Announced “During my pilgrimage to the churches in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, it was clear that a number of congregations needed small to medium capital improvements in order to expand their capacity for ministry, hospitality, and community engagement,” said Bishop Gutiérrez. Spurred by this insight, The Growth Development Fund (GDF) was created to address infrastructure problems that get in the way of ministry. This year was the first in a five-year program where churches could apply for grants in amounts up to $30,000. “We all worked long hours reviewing hundreds of pages but it’s been extremely rewarding. We were given the chance to help churches improve facilities in ways they could not have imagined,” said Dave Dixon, a member of the review committee. “I left each meeting energized, and excited to continue the process.” Dixon was one of six lay people from the Diocesan Council, along with Canons ... [read more]

Una nueva esperanza para la Iglesia de la Crucifixión

Levantándose de las cenizas          (from Caminos Magazine)                     En la mañana fría del Miércoles de Ceniza, al inicio del recorrido de la estación de Cuaresma, el Obispo Daniel Gutiérrez sonrió amablemente a los que estaban presentes en el interior de la histórica Iglesia de la Crucifixión de la calle 8 con la calle Bainbridge en el sur de Filadelfia. “Es solo el amor lo que les hace estar aquí sentados en esta mañana fría,” así les dijo a las 18 personas de la vecindad y de la Diócesis, que fueron celebrar el servicio en la iglesia, estructura de unos 132 años de antigüedad de estilo gótico renacentista, que había estado cerrada por casi dos años. También, es el amor la fuente principal de calor que mantuvo la iglesia cálida en esa mañana de febrero.  El edificio no tenía ... [read more]

Redesigned Asset Map Launches

  Would you like the opportunity to share how your congregation serves God? The newly designed Episcopal Church Asset Map allows searching by location, ministry areas (e.g. meal programs, immigration, youth ministry), language spoken, and organizations that are aligned with churches. The Diocese has already added information for many of our parishes and are asking your help in contributing to update the map. The map is user-friendly, reminiscent of Wikipedia, allowing anyone to submit suggested edits. This is a joint project of the Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development.

Episcopal Church Honors St. Clement’s Parishioner

  Former St. Clement’s parishioner Frances Perkins, who fought human trafficking and brought half the United States’ elderly out of poverty with the Social Security Act in 1935, will be honored by The Episcopal Church this Mother’s Day. Read more.

Clergy Connections “Prayer Hours”

  Inspired by an idea that Bishop Gutiérrez had, Clergy Connections is a time set aside at a location in the Diocese for clergy who are interested to come and pray with one another. The committee for Monastic Communities will offer “Clergy Connections” a few times this spring and then will decide about how to make it available for the new program year beginning in the Fall. Clergy Connections will be holding “prayer hours” starting with the Rev. Tommy Thompson at St. Clement’s Church in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 10, 2018 (The Feast of the Ascension) from 10 am – 12 pm to be present and pray / join you for a devotion. On May 24, the Rev. Benjamin Wallis will be available from 10 am – 12 pm at St. Mark’s Church at Locust Street, in Philadelphia.

Youth Ministry in the Garden

    God’s grace was abundant at last Saturday’s Garden Jam at Temple University’s student community garden in North Philadelphia. More than 70 youth and young adult leaders from Diocesan churches  –  The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, St. Michael’s Yeadon, Emmanuel Resurrection, Christ Church Ridley Park and Christ & Saint Ambrose – came to learn how to plant gardens, eat healthy and feed those who do not have access to fresh vegetables. Temple students demonstrated how to plant a raised bed; DJ Bam Bam (from Christ and St. Ambrose) rocked the garden shed; the Kensington CAPA high school choir blessed the gathering with their powerfully spiritual musical presence; Nancy Leville of Saving God’s Kids spread the Word; and seminarian Ben Capps led hymns of praise for the outdoor Eucharist. From digging in the dirt on a gorgeous spring day to lunching and learning about food scarcity, everyone had fun. ... [read more]

Lawyers, Accountants and Grant-writers! Oh, my!

  As our Diocese grows with the building of our churches, many congregations need legal and financial consultations that will assist them in moving forward with their ministries. We are asking for people (paid and volunteer) to supplement the resources Diocesan staff and governance are providing. (Complete this form) Specifically help is needed in these areas: Grant writers. The Offices of the Diocese have collated available grants. Many congregations find they are eligible to apply, but do not have a grant writer to help fill out applications. Accountants and bookkeepers. Every church is required to submit a Parochial Report and complete an annual Audit. Many need an accountant and/or bookkeeper to help put their finances in order to submit an accurate report. Legal consultation. Every church is a steward of real property with relationship to a municipality, or adjacent to other privately held property. Some churches have ancient by-laws, or ... [read more]

Easter is for every one of us

  (En español) When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ Mark 16:4-7 Our faith is revolutionary. Something the world says is not possible. Yet, these things actually occurred. They are the truth. Jesus of Nazareth was condemned, crucified and Jesus the Son of God, Jesus the Christ, rose from the dead. Easter is for every one ... [read more]

Mission Process Explained/Explicación del proceso de misión

  (En español) Dear Friends in Christ, The Mission Process Committee is a diverse body drawn from across the Diocese, including two Vicars of Diocesan Coalition Ministry & Mission congregations. We are excited to tell you about our work. We have been tasked by the Bishop and Diocesan Council with studying the policies and procedures that govern our “Mission Congregations”, appropriately referred to as the churches of the DCMM program. In particular we are tasked with creating entrance criteria for a church and exit parameters from this program, as well as a clear sense of goals and expectations for the congregation and for the Diocese. We are digging deep into our shared history and challenging many assumptions, including the connotations of the term “Mission Congregation”. Above all, our goal is to create a process that allows us to best serve the people of our Diocese with transparency and integrity. Our ... [read more]

Palm Sunday Around the Diocese

  What a start to Holy Week! A few photos from Palm Sunday around the Diocese. And, a recap in videos from some of our churches: The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Church of St. Alban, Roxborough Emmanuel Resurrection Church, Holmesburg St. George St. Barnabas Church St. James School  St. John’s Church, Concord Trinity Church, Oxford Trinity Memorial Church and The Church of the Holy Trinity of Rittenhouse Square