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Diocesan Convention

Results of the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem

The 145th convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem was held on October 7-8 in Reading. At convention, delegates:

Approved a new version of the diocese’s canons, and approved the first reading of a new version of the diocese’s constitution:


Standing Committee

Class of 2021
The Rev. Douglas Moyer, Christ Church, Stroudsburg
Lynne Graham, St. Paul’s, Montrose

Commission on Ministry

Class of 2017
The Rev. Brian Pavlac, St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre (1)
Robert Schreiber, Christ Church, Forest City (1)

Class of 2018
The Rev. Jane Williams, St. Andrew’s, Allentown (1)
Peg Gerns, Trinity, Easton (1)

Class of 2019
The Rev. Canon Laura Howell, Trinity, Bethlehem (1)
Nancy Rinehart, retired (1)

Appointed by Bishop Sean Rowe:
The Rev. Canon Michael Piovane, retired
The Rev. Fran Halavcek, Good Shepherd, Milford
The Rev. Susan Treanor, Trinity, Mt. Pocono
Virginia Falzone, Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre
Jay Freeman, Christ Church, Stroudsburg

Diocesan Council

Class of 2017
The Rev. John C. Wagner, St. Mark’s and St. John’s, Jim Thorpe (1)
The Rev. Rodney Conn, The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem (1)
Rich Evans, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, Mountain Top (1)
Judith Ferree, St. George’s, Jermyn (1)

Class of 2018
The Rev. David Robert Green, St. Gabriel’s, Douglasville (1)
The Rev. Van A. Bankston, Good Shepherd, Milford (1)
Will Hanson, St. James, Schuylkill Haven (1)
Jim Harding, St. Anne’s Trexlertown (1)

Class of 2019
The Rev. Lou Divis, St. Peter’s, Tunkhannock (1)
The Rev. Timothy Alleman, Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre (1)
Ron Honeywell, St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre (1)
Sandra Darde, St. Paul’s, Montrose (1)

Deputies to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (2018)

Clergy Deputies
C1 The Very Rev. Tony Pompa, The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
C2 The Rev. T. Scott Allen, St. Andrew’s, Allentown
C3 The Rev. Canon Anne E. Kitch, Diocesan Staff
C4 The Rev. Megan Dembi, St. Thomas, Morgantown

Clergy Alternates
CA1 The Rev. Canon Maria Tjeltveit, Church of the Mediator, Allentown
CA2 The Rev. Jane Bender, retired
CA3 The Rev. John C. Wagner, St. Mark’s and St. John’s, Jim Thorpe
CA4 The Rev. Canon Andrew Gerns, Trinity, Easton

Lay Deputies
L1 Cathy Bailey, The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
L2 Mark Laubach (tie with Linda) St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre
L3 Linda Rogers, Church of the Epiphany, Clarks Summit
L4 Sophie Kitch-Peck, The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Lay Alternates
LA1 Rebecca Beal, St. Luke’s, Scranton
LA2 Peter Gonze, Trinity, Mt. Pocono

Convention Archive

October 7-8, 2016
This year’s convention will be hosted by the southern region of the Diocese of Bethlehem and will include a convention Holy Eucharist at Christ Church, Reading. The convention will be the culmination of the diocesan pilgrimage that began at the 144th Convention in 2015.

DoubleTree by Hilton
701 Penn Street
Reading, PA

The DoubleTree is conveniently located a few blocks from Christ Church where Eucharist will be held on Friday evening.  Parking is available at no cost, as is a shuttle for those who are unable to walk to Christ Church.


Friday, October 7

8:00 AM – Registration and opening activity (continental breakfast available)
10:00 AM – Call to Order, Business Session #1:  Bishop’s Address
11:00 AM – Break
11:15 AM – Pilgrimage Session:  Salt:  Common Values of Connecting and Communicating
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Pilgrimage Session:  Light:  Common Value of Collaborating
2:30 PM – Business Session #2:  Presentation, Debate on Proposed Governance and Structure Changes
4:30 PM – Break
5:00 PM – Gather in DoubleTree lobby for procession to Christ Church, Reading
5:30 PM – Convention Eucharist at Christ Church, Reading
7:30 PM – Dinner

Saturday, October 8

7:45 AM – Light breakfast available
8:30 AM – Morning Prayer
8:45 AM – Business Session #3:  Elections, Budget Presentation, Resolutions
12:00 PM – Closing Prayer and Adjournment

Lay Delegates to the 145th Convention

Based on Canon II of the Diocese of Bethlehem

Each Parish may elect one Lay Delegate and one additional Lay Delegate for each two hundred lay members or fraction thereof over one hundred as reported in the annual Parochial Report for the year proceeded and may elect Alternates equal to the Delegates. The certificate must be completed four months prior to the convention (June 7, 2016) and sent to the Diocesan Office through mail, FAX or to

MS DOC 2016 Certificate  or PDF 2016 Certificate

Resolutions to be Considered by Convention

The resolutions that have been submitted to the 145th Diocesan Convention include:

The convention will also consider resolutions on a series of proposed canonical changes and one proposed constitutional change. See below for more details.

Proposed Canonical and Constitutional Changes

The Committee on Constitution and Canons met recently to consider the feedback it received on the proposed amendments to the diocese’s canons and constitution at three pre-convention hearings held around the diocese in September. The committee now asks convention delegates to:

These documents will be the final official documents used for discussion and debate at diocesan convention.

Proposed 2017 Budget and Assessments

The proposed 2017 budget and assessments are now available online. Learn more.

Nominations Submitted to Convention

The Diocesan Convention will consider a number of changes to the canons that could alter the governance structure and the offices to which persons will be elected.  We have, therefore, conducted two parallel nomination processes; one process to meet the current canonical requirements and one process in anticipation of the amended canons. This dual process means that we will follow our canons as they are now written and, at the same time, will allow us to be flexible and respond to the will of the convention.

Nominees for elected positions under new proposed canons (pdf)

Nominations for elected positions under existing canons (pdf)

Pre-Convention Hearings

September 12. 7 pm at Epiphany, Clarks Summit
September 21, 7 pm at Nativity, Bethlehem
September 22, 7 pm at St. Luke’s, Lebanon

Bishop Sean will be present at all of the pre-convention hearings to discuss proposed canonical and constitutional changes.

2015 Convention Journal

The journal of the 144th convention may be download below.

2015 Convention Journal (PDF) | 2015 Convention Journal (MS Word)