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      June 8, 2016


Dear Friends in Christ,

 I am delighted to announce that one of our Hispanic deacons, the Rev. Luis Banda, has been awarded the Certificate of Theological Studies after four years of hard work at the Instituto Teologico San Mateo in Dallas. He was ordained as a vocational deacon by me on January 16 and assists Bishop Ackerman at St. Timothy’s in Fort Worth. Deacon Banda is a reminder of the opportunities for continued growth in our Diocese among the increasing Hispanic population in this area.

One of our retired priests, now living in Mansfield, Fr. Bill O’Connell, is to begin radiology and chemotherapy this week to treat a cancerous brain tumor, as a follow-up to the surgery he had several weeks ago. Please pray for his healing, strength, and recovery, and for his wife, Kayla, as he undergoes this treatment. Fr. Bill recently completed his term of service as Vicar of the Church of the Cross in Glen Rose.

The Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America will meet at St. Andrew’s Church in Mount Pleasant, just outside of Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 & 22. I will attend along with our delegates, Dean Ryan Reed and Debbie Petta. Bishop Wantland  and I will participate in the College of Bishops meeting that follows on Thursday and Friday, June 23 & 24.

As many of you know, Sandy Virden, the wife of our longtime diocesan treasurer, Walter Virden, fell and broke her hip while visiting New York City several weeks ago. Following surgery, Sandy developed a very serious sepsis infection and spent several weeks in ICU in a Manhattan hospital.  In recent days, she was transported by an air ambulance back home to Texas and is now at the Kindred Hospital in Arlington.  Please continue to pray for her healing and recovery and for Walter and their family as they endure this struggle with her.
I am pleased to say that a second printing of my book, Consider Your Call, Brethren, is now available and may be ordered at  All proceeds go to the support of this ministry of Christian literature and education resources.

Don’t forget that your parish website is a very important tool and resource for ministry, and to be successful it must be maintained and updated frequently. The Church of the Good Shepherd in Wichita Falls has launched an attractive new site, designed by Amy Chase, wife of the new rector, Fr. Brian Chase. If you could use some help in designing your website, Amy can be of assistance, and she can be contacted for pricing and other information at

Faithfully in Christ,

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