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From the Bishop

Dear Friends,

Final touches are now being put on our preparations for Diocesan Convention next month at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. This will be our 32nd annual convention, Rejoice graphicand our theme this year is “Rejoice in the Lord Always.” Bishop Wantland will preach at the opening Eucharist at St. Andrew’s Church at 5 p.m. on Friday night, Nov. 14, the feast of the consecration of the first American bishop in 1784. All of you are welcome to join us for this great celebration.

One of the highlights of our convention on Saturday, Nov. 15, will be the recognition and seating of our newest mission congregation, Christ Church in Waco, where Fr. Lee Nelson is the vicar. In addition to his work with this growing congregation, Fr. Nelson is also responsible for student ministries at Texas A&M and Baylor University. Both chaplaincies are producing good results. We will also have an important report from Megan Pearce on our work with young people in the diocese. Megan began her ministry in June as the first Youth Animator to serve on the diocesan staff, and we look forward to her progress report.

It is good to have another balanced budget proposed for next year, and I am looking forward to a convention where there are no resolutions or canonical amendments to consider. It is great to have a slate of 37 candidates for election to various offices this year. They are a reminder of the rich diversity of gifts and talents God has blest us with in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and I thank God for their willingness to serve as called.

Last month saw the ordination of the newest priest in our diocese, Fr. Richard Moseley, who serves as diocesan curate at the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Arlington, and next month will see the ordination of the newest deacon in our diocese – Dr. Bryan Stewart. He is a professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at McMurry University in Abilene. He and his wife and two children are members of St. Andrew’s Church in Breckenridge, where his ordination to the transitional diaconate will take place on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m. These new vocations are another reminder of how God is providing for ministry to His people for years to come.

The newest priest to transfer into the Diocese is Fr. Michael Brooks, who has been appointed as the Vicar of St. Joseph’s Church in Grand Prairie. This brings the total number of canonically resident priests to 90. He and his wife, Louisa, are in the process of moving here from Illinois, and his new ministry will begin on the First Sunday of Advent. We welcome them to our diocesan family.

The days ahead are full of hope and promise! Thanks be to God for His goodness and love as we move forward together in ministry and mission.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
October 22, 2014