Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is committed to a whole host of ministries
in the communities it serves. Part of the work of our Executive Council,
which is made up of representatives both lay and clergy from all six deaneries
is to coordinate outreach ministries throughout the Diocese. Among the
many activities going on throughout the Diocese, we would like to highlight
The Diocese of Fort Worth, with many of its congregations, has fully supported
the building of two homes in the Habitat for Humanity program on the near
south side section of Fort Worth. We are committed to sponsor homes in
other communities throughout the Diocese. Mr. Lewis Stephens chairs the
Habitat for Humanity Ministry and can be reached by mail through the Diocesan
WITH THE AGING
The Reverend Canon James P. DeWolfe serves a very active community of
senior citizens throughout the Fort Worth area. He coordinates visits
in many nursing homes and retirement communities and work in cooperation
with area parishes. He may be reached by mail through the Diocesan office.
The Diocese of Fort Worth supports Samaritan House in Fort Worth through
financial and volunteer contributions. Samaritan House is a ministry committed
to support those with aids. The Reverend Stanley Maneikis serves as the
contact person for this ministry in the Diocese and may be reached by
mail at Saint Andrew's Church, 917 Lamar, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Along with several other denominations the Diocese of Fort Worth supports
an Interfaith Chaplaincy at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport,
which is the second busiest airport in the world. We have many volunteers,
both lay and clergy, who devote their time as chaplains in this very busy
airport. The varieties of services they provide is astonishing; from crisis
ministry to simple family support. The airport ministry serves an overlooked
segment of our population. Mr. George Midgley, coordinator, can be reached
by mail through the Diocesan office.
AND ALCOHOL ABUSE MINISTRY
For the last two years, the Diocese of Fort Worth has embraced a serious
commitment to those who suffer from drug and alcohol related problems.
The Reverend Tommy Bye and his committee of dedicated individuals throughout
the Diocese have launched a program to serve each congregation in our
Diocese as we strive to minister to those with this problem. This ministry
has been a resource to many congregations and is heavily supported by
Bishop Iker and the Executive Council. Fr. Bye can be reached by mail
at the Diocesan office.
MISSION: OUR COMPANION DIOCESES
The World Mission Committee is a group of 12 Lay & Clerical members
of the Diocese of Fort Worth appointed by the Bishop. It's purpose is
to communicate, educate, hopefully inspire and coordinate the Good News;
to be a catalyst for the churches of the Diocese to become part of the
spread of the Gospel across every barrier of language, distance and culture.
Our goal is for every church in the Diocese to be involved through study,
financial support, specific prayer, or sending out their own missionaries
to our companion dioceses of Northern Malawi in east central Africa and
the Diocese of Northern Mexico.
We are proud and privileged to maintain a companion relationship with
two Anglican Dioceses. From the inception of the Diocese of Fort Worth,
we have maintained a companion relationship with the Episcopal Diocese
of Northern Mexico. This relationship has included financial support,
visits from youth groups, medical missionary groups, etc. to the Diocese
of Northern Mexico and visits from members of Northern Mexico to our Diocese.
We have enjoyed a very warm relationship with our brothers and sisters
in Northern Mexico and will continue to do so.
Since 1995, we have enjoyed a companion relationship with the Diocese
of Northern Malawi in southeast Africa. Since officially recognizing this
relationship, the Right Reverend Jack L. Iker and a group of lay persons
visited and toured Northern Malawi in 1996. Since this groundbreaking
visit, Northern Malawi sent three members of its Diocese to spend a full
month with us. We have also given financial support to the Diocese of
Northern Malawi to support the building of residences to house those who
work near the Cathedral at Likoma Island. We were able to raise, in 1997,
$25,000 to purchase a large ocean going boat which serves to move people
and goods, transport medical patients, etc. throughout the Diocese which
surrounds a very large lake in Southeast Africa. In 1998 members of St.
Andrews Church, Fort Worth made a second trip to Northern Malawi.
This trip included the delivery of needed medical supplies and medical
The companion relationship with these Dioceses is greatly supported throughout
the Diocese of Fort Worth. The contact person for our companion Dioceses
is Mrs Lollie Twyman and she may be reached by mail at 1300 Forest Ridge,
Bedford, Texas 76022.