Annual Diocesan Convention

Mark your calendars now for the 43rd Annual Diocesan Convention! Our in-person gathering will begin with Eucharist and reception on Friday, March 4, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Alexandria. The regular business meeting to follow on Saturday, March 5 at the Pineville Convention Center. Stay tuned for more information! 

Here’s a preview of what to expect as we prepare for our 43rd annual Diocesan Convention:

In-person convention

  • Friday night opening Eucharist at St. Timothy’s, Alexandria, followed by catered reception in Parish Hall
  • A limited number of hotel rooms will be held for those wishing to make their own reservation to spend Friday night in the Alexandria-Pineville area
  • Saturday business meeting at Pineville Convention Center at Country Inn and Suites, Pineville
  • Vendors will be invited to attend
  • No cost to attend for all registrants

Simplified and streamlined online registration available January 10-February 18

  • Clergy/Vendors/Guests must register individually
  • Delegates/Alternates must be registered by church official appointed by congregation
  • Delegate/Alternate registration and certification contained in one online form
  • Submit only one registration/certification per congregation
  • Quick and easy check-in for all registrants on day of convention
  • Saturday lunch included for all registrants
  • Clergy/Vendors/Guests make meal selection during registration
  • Delegates/Alternates will receive individual email to make meal selection
Separate seating area for convention guests
  • Only delegates and clergy with voice and vote will be seated in main convention area
  • Separate gallery seating for all attendees registered as guests
On-site childcare available Friday and Saturday
  • For children through 12 years of age
  • Clergy/Vendors/Guests indicate need for childcare during online registration
  • Delegates/Alternates will indicate need for childcare in same email as meal selection

The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Every three years it meets as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and theHouse of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese.The next session of the General Convention, which was originally scheduled for 2021, has been postponed due to the Pandemic. The 80th General Convention will gather in Baltimore, July 7 - 14, 2022. 

At our annual Diocesan Convention in March, we will be electing the deputies for the 81st General Convention, set for 2024. It is standard procedure to elect the clergy and laity that will represent Western Louisiana two years in advanced. 

Nomination Requirements:

  • Confirmed communicant in good standing at a parish/mission of this diocese. (Confirmed Communicants in Good Standing are members of a parish/mission who have received the sacrament of confirmation as indicated in the parish records and who for the previous year have received Holy Communion in The Episcopal Church at least three times, have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, and are financial contributors to the parish/mission.)
  • Clergy attestation. (a priest signature is required on each nomination attesting that you are a confirmed communicant in good standing. In the case of an open cure, a Senior/Bishop's Warden may attest). 

 Note: Current deputies are eligible to stand for election for the 2024 General Convention Deputation. 

Nomination form coming soon. 

We are the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana. We are culturally diverse. We are welcoming. We believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world. And we know that God loves you – no exceptions.

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