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A MEMORIAL REQUIEM FOR FR. PHILIP SWICKARD has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at St. Luke’s Church In Mineral Wells, with Bishop Iker as the celebrant and preacher. Prior to his retirement, Fr. Swickard had served as Vicar of St. Patrick’s in Bowie and Trinity Church in Henrietta, having transferred to us from the Diocese of the Rio Grande in 2002. He died in December and is survived by his wife, Margaret, and four sons. All diocesan clergy are invited to vest and process at the requiem in cassock, surplice, and white stole.

FR. ED KRESOWATY IS RECOVERING at home from corrective surgery done last Friday on the bypass operation he had in September to relieve blood circulation problems in his right leg. Please pray for a speedy and complete healing.

PRAY FOR A FAVORABLE DECISION from the Second Court of Appeals in the lawsuit brought against us by The Episcopal Church and its local supporters. The Court is now beginning week six of deliberations since the oral arguments were heard on April 19th. Also please continue to pray for the decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court.

A MISSION TRIP TO MALAWI is in the final planning stages, and your prayers are requested for the team members: Fr. Roger Grist (St. Anne’s), Kristi Heffron (St. Barnabas), and Kyle Spradley (St. Peter & St. Paul). In cooperation with SOMA, they will be in the Diocese of Upper Shire on June 1-10 and in our Companion Diocese of Northern Malawi on June 10-18. Do remember them in your daily prayers.

THE VESTRY OF ST. FRANCIS in Dallas expects to complete the interviewing process for a new Rector by the end of June. Pray for discernment and guidance for them and for the final candidates under consideration in the weeks ahead.

THE BISHOP’S VISITATION SCHEDULE FOR 2017 is now being finalized, and any Vicar or Rector with a special request concerning dates for next year should contact the Bishop by the end of this week.