158th Diocesan Convention, 2023

When & Where

Saturday, November 4, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Check in begins at 8:00 a.m.
Clergy arrival for vesting at 8:15 a.m. (vesting instructions below)
Eucharist begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
405 Frederick Avenue       
Sewickley, PA 15143


The 158th annual Convention of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh began Saturday, November 4, with a joyful celebration of Holy Eucharist and continued with the business meeting, which was interspersed with testimonies of God's faithfulness in the body of Christ.

All of the proposed amendments to the constitution, canons, and rules of order passed. The amendments to the constitution will require a second vote of confirmation at Convention next year before they are adopted. The amendments to the canons and rules of order have been adopted and will be distributed by the end of the month.

New district alignment was proposed by the Bishop and approved by Convention.

The 2024 budget was approved as presented.

New leadership was elected for 2024, as follows.

Standing Committee (4 year term)   

Lay – Mrs. MJ (Mary Jean) Botula

Clergy – The Rev. Karen Stevenson

Board of Trustees (3 year term)

Mrs. Karen Gowdy

The Array (3 year term)

Lay – Mr. Tom Sands, Mr. Wallace Scott (2nd term)

Clergy – The Rev. Andrew DeFusco (2nd term)

The Committee on Canons  

Lay – Mr. Jason McLean   

Clergy – The Rev. David Rucker   

Provincial Assembly Delegation   

Lay – Mrs. Paige Forster, Mr. Kirk Haberman, Mr. Mark Kwolek, Mr. Tom Sands  

Lay Alternates – Mrs. Tami Fire, Mrs. Beth Hendrickson, Mrs. Hannah Wilson, Mr. Kirk Botula  

Clergy – The Rev. Joshua Bennett, The Rev. Dr. Leonard Finn, The Rev. Chad Lawrence, The Rev. Cn. Tracey Russell    

District Caucus Results   

The newly aligned districts met in caucus to elect representatives to Diocesan Council and the Board of Trustees.   

District 1   

Lay Council – Mrs. Marianne Manasterski   

BOT – Mrs. Susan Hovanec   

District 2   

BOT – Mr. Ron Kuchs  

District 3   

Lay Council – Mr. Zachary White   

BOT – Mr. John Bailey    

District 4   

BOT – Mrs. Winifred Sherman   

District 5   

Lay Council – Mr. Don Klein  


Provincial Assembly, Latrobe, PA, June 25-28, 2024  

Clergy Retreat, Ligonier, PA, Sept 10-11, 2024 (optional additional night Sept 9)  

Clergy Day, Ambridge, PA, Nov 1, 2024  

159th Diocesan Convention, Ambridge, PA, Nov 1 & 2, 2024

Download or view the bulletin here.

Nearby Hotels

Cobblestone Inn & Suites
1111 New Economy Drive
Ambridge, PA 15003

Fairfield Inn & Suites (Neville Island)
5850 Grand Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15225

Register by Monday, October 30

Clergy and deputies must register in advance and attend in person in order to participate and vote.

Observers are welcome. Please help us anticipate attendance by using the link below to register. 

Register online by October 30 at noon ET.

Do I Get a Vote?

Seat, Voice, and Vote are granted to: 

  • clergy who have been canonically resident in the Diocese for more than 30 days
  • lay deputies sent by one of our congregations
  • the chancellor of the Diocese

Seat and Voice (no vote) are granted to any individual who does not qualify under one of the categories above, but serves as a:

  • member of one of our governing bodies: Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, or Board of Trustees
  • member of the Committee on Canons

All other interested parties are invited to attend as observers (seat only, without voice or vote). 

Alternate lay deputies will only be allowed to vote at Convention if diocesan staff is notified of the replacement of a lay deputy by the rector or church administrator (preferably in advance, but if necessary, during check in on Convention day). 

Read the Pre-Convention Journal

Attend One of the Pre-Convention Hearings

The pre-convention hearings took place via Zoom on:

Sunday, October 15, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

A recording of the October 18 hearing is now available.

Find Out More About Being a Lay Deputy

Are you a NEW lay deputy and wondering what your role is at Convention? Click here for a 10-minute orientation video filmed in 2020.

Clergy Vesting Instructions

All clergy are invited to process during the Eucharist. If you will be processing, please check in by 8:15 a.m. and proceed to the Lecture Hall for vesting.

Priests: cassock, surplice, tippet, and hood. 
Deacons: alb and green stole.