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Diocese of Pennsylvania
Diocesan Monthly Newsletter

March 2012

Bishop's Address

March, 2012

Last month two critically important planning retreats were held at Wapiti Farm.

On February 7-8, the Deans reviewed the 2010 parochial reports and determined that the Diocese is facing a financial crisis that threatens our mission. The hard facts paint a daunting picture:

More than 60 of our 141 churches can no longer afford a full-time priest. The mandated salary compensation levels are often being observed in the breech as clergy work full-time after their pay is reduced to part-time. Fourteen churches are now paired and sharing a priest.

In 2010 more than 60 of our churches – most of whom still have a full-time priest – spent more than they received in pledge, plate, rental, investment, and other income, probably meaning that they drew down their endowment principal to meet property, personnel, and program costs.

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Fifth Diocesan Vestry Symposium

Mar 17 | 8:30am-12:30pm | St. Paul's, Chestnut Hill

Congregational leaders from around the diocese will gather again for our fifth Vestry Symposium. This is a perfect opportunity for new vestry members and veterans alike to explore the role and ministry of the vestry—how this ministry can be fruitful for God and for God’s church. Read more…

Philadelphia Theological Institute Programs

Mar 17 & Mar 24, 2012

March 17 (Saturday) Bonnie Anderson: President of the House of Deputies. Proactive Change: Courage, Power and Leadership for the Holy People of God. St. David’s Church, Radnor, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA. 9:30 AM to Noon Free and Open to All. Read more…

Antiracism Training

Apr 24-26, 2012 | St. Raphaela Retreat Center | Flyer PDF

Antiracism Training will be held April 24-26, 2012 at St. Raphaela Retreat Center in Haverford, PA. Pre-registration is required. Read more…

Cursillo Weekend #85

Jun 14-17, 2012 | St. Mary of Providence Center

Cursillo (pronounced- cur-see-yo) is an international movement in the Church. We believe that by bringing Christ’s teachings and example into our everyday situations, with God’s help we can change our homes, workplaces, communities, even the world itself. We encourage each other to remain faithful to our Baptismal Covenant through piety, study, and action. Read more…

Diocesan Council Minutes

Jan 7, 2012 | Minutes PDF

Standing Committee Actions

Jan 17, 2012 | Actions DOC

Congregations now in the transition process

All Saints' Torresdale
Status No longer receiving names
Position Rector
Contact Judith Winters at
Address 9601 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114
Calvary St. Augustine, Philadelphia
Status Developing profile
Position Rector
Contact Canon Jill Mathis at
Address 814 North 41st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Holy Trinity, Lansdale
Status Receiving names
Position Part-time priest
Contact Canon Jill Mathis at
Address 407 North Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd, East Falls
Status Receiving names
Position Rector
Contact Gina Pappas, Discernment Chair (c/o the parish)
Address 3820 The Oak Road, Philadelphia, PA 19129
St. James, Collegeville
Status Developing profile
Position Rector
Contact Canon Jill Mathis at
Address 3768 Germantown Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426
St. John's, Norristown
Status Receiving names
Position Rector
Contact Carmen Branco at
Address 23 East Airy Street, Norristown, PA 19401
St. Mary's, Ardmore
Status No longer receiving names
Position Rector
Contact Julia and R. G. Solmssen at
Address 36 Ardmore Avenue, PO Box 86, Ardmore, PA 19003
St. Philip's, New Hope
Status Receiving names
Position Rector
Contact Elisa Adams at
Address 10 Chapel Road, New Hope, PA 18938

Applicants who are interested should submit their
profile and resume to Jill Mathis at

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