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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Diocesan Convention is a time when representatives from around our diocese gather to share in the polity of the Church, upholding the common mission and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome to join us as we worship, conduct business, view and listen to presentations.

The one-day convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 2349 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 on March 2, 2019.

Please Note:  Voting Deputies and Clergy will be seated at tables at the front of the Grand Ballroom.  All visitors may occupy the chairs towards the back of the Grand Ballroom.

Please proceed to the hallway outside the Grand Ballroom upon arrival to sign in and receive your convention materials.

Lay Deputies Certification

Parishes should fill out and submit the attached form to certify their lay delegation and alternates to the Convention

Convention Documents

During the convention, delegates will consider the following items:

Doc 1:  Agenda Doc 11: Animal Welfare Ministry Report
Doc 1A: Consent Calendar Doc 12: DOCC Convention Report
Doc 2: Rules of Order Doc 13: Report of the Committee on the Diaconate
Doc 3: Committee on Constitution & Canons Doc 14: Standing Committee Report
Doc 4: Standing Commission on Clerical Compensation Doc 15: General Convention Deputation Report
Doc 5: Benefits Committee Doc 16: Nominating Committee Report
Doc 6: Trinity Cathedral Annual Report Doc 17: Sabbatical Fund Committee Report
Doc 7: Jane O.P. Turner Fund Doc 19: Diocesan Council Report
Doc 8: Committee on Resolutions Preliminary Report Doc 20: Loan and Grant Committee Report
Doc 9: Report of the Secretary of Convention Doc 21: Committee on Resolutions Report
Doc 10: COBM Diocesan Convention Report Doc 22: Canonical List of Churches
  Doc 24: Interim Report of Marks of Mission Giving Table Task Force


Trinity Cathedral Altar Guild Store

Because of this year’s one-day convention format, the Trinity Cathedral Altar Guild Store will be selling via advance orders to be picked up at Convention. If there are items needed that are not listed please email Andrea John – or call 609-571-2133 for assistance. The orders can be paid via check or credit card in advance or cash on the day of Convention – March 2, 2019 when you’re picking up your merchandise.

Trinity Cathedral Altar Guild Store Order Form

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been secured through the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill for members who wish to remain in the area for the early start on Saturday. To receive the convention rate, please call 1-888-233-9527 by February 10, 2019 and mention The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey when making reservations. Or you can register online,

Convention Registration

Clergy, deputies, visitors, and guests attending convention are expected to register online or download a form to complete that can be faxed to 609 394-8015 or mailed to 808 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08618-5326.  Deadline to register and order meals for convention is February 14, 2019.

Online Registration is Now Open

Exhibitor Registration

Space for exhibitors is on a first come, first served basis. If you plan to exhibit at convention, please register promptly online or download a form to complete that can be faxed to 609 394-8015 or mailed to 808 West State St., Trenton NJ 08618.  The deadline to register is February 14, 2019.

Exhibitor Registration is Now Open


The Opening Eucharist will be on Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.  Gluten-free wafers and grape juice will be available at marked stations. Interested choristers should contact Canon Deborah Ford at for details on how to participate.


Deputy Certification Form – canonical requirement:

Please fax or mail all names of deputies and alternates to Diocesan House on the form titled “Lay Deputy Certification.” The deadline is January 15, 2019 or within three days of your annual meeting. If your deputies and alternates are not on our certified master list, their convention packet will not include voting materials. Please remember to call Diocesan House with any changes after submitting names.

Your convention packet will include the following: Agenda, Site Layout, Rules of Order, The Budget, Constitution and Canons, Resolutions, Nominating Committee Report, Eucharist booklet, and ballots where applicable. All other reports will be posted on the diocesan website as they become available.

Banners:  There will not be a banner procession this year.  Please do not bring your banners.

Ushers: Volunteers to usher at the Eucharist and to help direct members are needed at the Crowne Plaza Saturday morning at convention. If you are willing and able to help, please email or call Ann Notte at or 609 394-5281 ext. 41.

Registered Ushers must meet at the Crowne Plaza at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, for instruction on duties at the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist and other areas of convention.

Only Registered volunteers who have been contacted to work registration must attend an orientation on Friday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza.  Meeting Room TBD.

Oil Bottles: Clergy – please remember to bring your oil bottles to convention. They can be dropped in the baskets on the Handout and InformationTables.

Tentative Agenda

235th Annual Diocesan Convention

Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, NJ

Saturday, March 2, 2019

7:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Convention Registration/Exhibit Set-up

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast, Cash purchase at site

9:00 a.m.: Eucharist

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Business Session

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch, Pre-paid box lunch

12:45 p.m.: Business Session

1:15 p.m.: Bishop’s Address

1:45 p.m.: Marks of Mission Giving Task Force

2:30 p.m.:  Business Session Resumes

Agenda is subject to changes.


Convention coordinator: Ann Notte – 609 394-5281 ext. 41 or

Exhibit questions:  Mary Ann Rhoads – 609 394-5281 ext. 11 or

Registration questions: Mary Anne Clisham – 609 394-5281 ext. 10 or

Information for Pages: Mrs. Theresa Chattin –

Volunteer questions:  Ann Notte – 609 394-5281 ext. 41 or


Deadline for accommodations: February 14, 2019 – Hotel Registration

Deadline for registrations:  February 14, 2019 Convention Registration

Deadline for exhibitor registration: February 14, 2019 Exhibitor Registration

NOTE: Schedule subject to change

Prior Conventions

Your comments and questions from prior conventions




Full information from the 234th Convention in 2018

Convention Journals and information from Previous Conventions may be found here.