Dear Clergy and Lay Deputies,

As Secretary to Diocesan Convention, I want to thank you for the investment of your time, your prayerful discernment about the future of our diocese and your willingness to participate in the governance of our church.

Our governing documents outline a clear process for the election of a Bishop. These documents include the relevant sections of both the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church as well as the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 

Our diocesan Rules of Order require that you be provided with a copy of these relevant provisions at least a month before the election.

The documents have been combined into a single PDF and the packet is available at

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with these documents. They have formed the basis for the work of both our Standing Committee as well as our Nomination Committee.

As set forth in a prior notice, the Special Convention for the election of our next bishop is on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Convention Eucharist will start at 9:30 a.m. The balloting will occur during the Eucharist, after the Exchange of the Peace.

Prior to Convention, a special Friday evening "Pre-convention Conversation" and reception with the Standing Committee will take place from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. on April 20, 2012, also at Trinity Cathedral, with registration starting at 6:00 p.m.

Additional details including a full agenda and registration information will be published soon.

Information about downtown parking and overnight accommodations is available by clicking here.

With kind regards.
In Christ,

The Rev. Canon James Shoucair,
Diocese of Pittsburgh Convention Secretary,
Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, North Hills

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