Diocesan Convention

The 149th Convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem

The 149th Convention will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at:

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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

Elections

The following elections were completed at the 148th Diocesan Convention:

The Diocesan Council Clergy (2 Elected)

The Rev. Timothy Alleman
St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral & Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre
Second Term

The Rev. Jane Williams
St. Andrew’s, Allentown (retired)
Seeking First Term

Diocesan Council Lay (1 Elected)

Rebecca McLaughlin
St. Mark’s, Moscow
First Term

The Standing Committee Clergy (1 Elected)

The Rev. Earl Trygar
Retired
Second Term

The Standing Committee Lay (1 Elected)

Liza Holzinger
St. Andrew’s, Allentown
Second Term

The Commission on Ministry Clergy (1 Elected)

The Rev. Laura Howell
St. Margaret’s, Emmaus &  St. Barnabas, Kutztown
First Term

Commission on Ministry Lay (None)

No nominations submitted

Deputy to General Convention Lay (4 Elected)

Raymond Arcario
Cathedral Church of the Nativity

Cathy Bailey
Cathedral Church of the Nativity

Laurie Kitzmiller
Trinity, Mt. Pocono

Rebecca McLaughlin
St. Mark’s, Moscow

Deputy to General Convention Clergy (4 Elected)

The Very Rev. Tony Pompa
Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

The Rev. T. Scott Allen
St. Andrew’s, Allentown

The Rev. Maria Tjeltveit
Mediator, Allentown

The Rev. Jane Bender
St. Margaret’s, Emmaus

Deputy to General Convention Clergy Alternates (3 Elected)

The Rev. Dennis Reid
St. Alban’s, Sinking Spring

The Rev. Timothy Alleman
St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral & Holy Cross, Wilkes-Barre

The Rev. Susan Treanor
Trinity, Mt. Pocono

Resolutions

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

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