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Diocesan Convention

147th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem

October 12-13, 2018 (please note change of date and location)

Seating of the new Bishop and Holy Eucharist will be at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity.

The convention will be held at:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Center Valley
3350 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley, PA  18034

Lay Delegates to the Special Electing Convention and  147th Diocesan Convention

Based on Title I Canon 1 Section 2 of the Canons of the Diocese of Bethlehem

Each Parish and each Mission shall elect one or more Lay Delegates based on the number of lay members as reported in the annual Parochial Report for the year ending December 31 preceding to to represent said Parish and Mission in Convention; and may also elect Alternates, equal in number to the Delegates to which the Parish or Mission is entitled, to take the place of the regular Delegates in case of absence:

Number of Lay Members Reported in Parochial Report

  • Less than 100                             1 (one) Lay Delegate
  • 100 – 299                                     2 (two) Lay Delegates
  • 300 – 499                                    3 (three) Lay Delegates
  • 500 – 699                                    4 (four) Lay Delegates

Parishes or Missions reporting 700 or more lay members in the Parochial Report shall have an additional delegate for each additional 199 lay members reported above 700.

The certificate must be completed and sent to the diocesan office through mail, FAX or to by February 28, 2018.

Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates (fillable PDF)

Convention Journals

2016 Convention Journal (PDF) and 2016 Journal Addendum Canonical and Constitutional Resolutions (PDF)
2015 Convention Journal (PDF)
2014 Convention Journal (PDF)