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From the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am very pleased with the results of a vocations meeting that was held by the Commission on Ministry on Sunday evening, Jan. 7, at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford. Clergy members of the COM had dinner and conversation with young men who may be discerning a call to ordination. It was very encouraging, Fr. Joel Hampton reports, that four potential aspirants for Holy Orders were in attendance. Do remember to pray often for an increase in vocations to ordained ministry in our diocese.

Two ordinations will be taking place next month and are the cause for much thanksgiving. Deacon Cooper Morelock will be ordained to the sacred priesthood on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. at St. Laurence Church in Southlake, where he serves as diocesan curate. And our senior seminarian, Joseph Francis, will be ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Arlington. Following graduation at Nashotah House on May 24th, the new deacon will be assigned to serve as diocesan curate at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, beginning July 1st.  Joseph and his wife, Claire, are expecting their first child in June, so please do remember them in your prayers.

Please also pray for the clergy of the diocese as we gather for our annual retreat on Monday afternoon, Jan. 22, and conclude on Thursday the 25th. This is a traditional silent retreat held at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center in Lake Dallas. Our retreat leader this year will be Fr. Larry Bausch, a retired priest living in San Diego who serves as the President of Forward in Faith. We look forward to this time of spiritual reflection and refreshment.

We are pleased that this year we will host once again the annual meeting and solemn mass of the Society of King Charles the Martyr. The celebration will take place at St. Timothy’s Church in Fort Worth, on Saturday, Jan. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. Bishop Keith Ackerman will celebrate and preach, and I will pontificate. All interested persons are welcome to attend, but reservations are needed for the buffet luncheon that follows and cost $20 each. Send checks to St. Timothy’s Church, 4201 Mitchell Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76119, payable to St. Timothy’s with “SKCM” in the memo line.

As we celebrate this Epiphany season, let us refocus our daily witness on sharing the light of Jesus Christ with the world around us and making new disciples.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth