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.
Lay Council – Mrs. Marianne Manasterski
BOT – Mrs. Susan Hovanec
BOT – Mr. Ron Kuchs
Lay Council – Mr. Zachary White
BOT – Mr. John Bailey
BOT – Mrs. Winifred Sherman
Lay Council – Mr. Don Klein
SAVE THE DATES
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
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.
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
Printed copies can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com.
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.