Diocesan Convention

The 149th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem

The 149th Convention will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020. The location and method of the meeting TBD.

Lay Delegates to 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.

Download the Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as a Word document or PDF


Nominations for the 149th Diocese of Bethlehem Convention are due by July 15. Download the nomination form. The following positions are to be elected:

The Commission on Ministry

  • Two to be elected.
  • One (1) clergy person and one (1) lay person for a three-year term.

The Diocesan Council

  • Four to be elected.
  • Two (2) clergy persons and two (2) lay person for a three year term.

The Standing Committee

  • Two to be elected.
  • One (1) clergy person and one (1) lay person to be elected for a four-year term.


Resolutions for the 148th Diocese of Bethlehem Convention are being accepted through July 15, 2019. Resolutions can be submitted by:

A Diocesan Committee or Commission
Three (3) delegates to convention

Resolutions must be submitted in the following format:

Title of Resolution
The full text of the resolution beginning with “Be it resolved”
The explanation of the resolution
The name(s) of Committee or Commission or those submitting the resolution

  • Resolutions must be received by July 15, 2020. This is a firm date.
  • Email completed resolutions to Paula Lapinski
  • Resolutions can also be mailed: 333 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 or Faxed: 610-691-1682


The following resolutions were passed by the 148th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem in 2019:

Resolution on 2020 Clergy Salary Schedule

Be it resolved, that this convention recommends a minimum 1.9% cost of living increase for clergy and that the salary scale for clergy for 2020 be as follows:

Proposed 2020 Cash Stipend Range

Parish Index           Size of Parish
1-99                          Small                   $34,728 – $41,715
100-250                  Medium                $38,457 – $56,866
250-399                  Large                    $46,023 – $70,848
400 – above           X-Large                $62,109 – $100,564

Be it further resolved, that this convention recommends consideration be made for additional merit increases based on performance, as resources allow.

Respectfully Submitted by
Diocesan Council

View the Parish Index Calculation sheet.

Resolution on the Budget of the Diocese of Bethlehem

Be it Resolved, That the Assessment Rate applied to Line A, Normal Operating Income (NOI) of the 2018 Parochial Report shall be 12% in 2020

Resolved, That the Proposed Mission and Ministry Budget of the Diocese as it is presented to the Convention be adopted.

Submitted by
Diocesan Council August 2019

View the budget

View the Assessments and Acceptances