The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth • 2012
Diocesan Church Women

Welcome! The Women’s Cabinet of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is delighted to offer this page of information to all who are interested in our programs. Please contact us at if you would like further information, and look for upcoming news and information updates on this page as the year proceeds.

– Julie Cosgrove, President



2013 Cabinet Meetings

January 9
April TBA
September TBA

at the
Diocesan Center for Ministry

Women’s Congress
The Annual Meeting
for All Women in the Diocese

October 2013

Brownwood, Texas

Co-sponsored by
Diocesan Church Women
Diocesan Altar Guild
Daughters of the King


Mother’s Day, May 12
benefiting La Gran Familia

send to the Diocesan Center for Ministry

benefiting Anglican Relief
& Development
for presentation at the Women’s Congress


Past Presidents
Past presidents gathered at the 2012 Women’s Congress
From left: Mary Sue Coffman, Jo Ann Patton,
Barbara Mills, Gay Marquardt, Judy Mayo,
Anne Bergman, and Marge Dugan.

The Diocesan Church Women’s Prayer

Almighty God, we pray that you will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world.  Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son Jesus.  Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future.  Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world.  Amen.

La Gran Familia 2012
Mother’s Day





Julie Cosgrove
St. John’s, Fort Worth



ARDF Chairman:                 

Julie Cosgrove
St. John’s, Fort Worth

Diocesan Altar Guild Directress: 

Kathy McGee
St. Vincent’s, Bedford

Daughters of the King: 

Darlene Pruitt
St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford

Bishop Davies Book of Remembrance:  

Peggie Bowie
St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth

Mission Representative:

Jane Coffey
St. Andrew’s, Grand Prairie

Hispanic Representative:



Jackie Powell
All Saints’, Fort Worth

Immediate Past President:  

Barbara Mills
St. Francis, Willow Park

President Elect:  

Ex Officio:

Suzanne Gill
Editor, “Forward in Mission”


Fort Worth East

Martha Dowling (2012)
St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth

Fort Worth West

Jackie Powell
All Saints’, Fort Worth


Christina Morales
St. Andrew’s, Grand Prairie


Sue Seibert
St. Luke’s, Mineral Wells


Jane Devery (2014)
St. John’s, Brownwood




Women’s Cabinet Members,
Parish Contacts, AG Board and DOK Board:

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The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth


The name of this group shall be THE WOMEN’S CABINET OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, and shall hereinafter be referred to as THE CABINET. The Women's group will be called the Diocesan Church Women (DCW).

ARTICLE II – Purpose

To widen the scope of Christian activity among Churchwomen in the Diocese by coordinating the planning and by promoting Diocesan and Deanery activities and endeavors.

To work with the Bishop and support his activities and objectives.

To be a communication link between missions and parishes, the Deaneries and the Diocese.

To support the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF), the Church Periodical Club, and the Bishop Davies Book of Remembrance.

To maintain membership and active involvement at the Provincial and National Church levels, as appropriate.

ARTICLE III – Membership

Section 1. Membership shall consist of a President, a President-Elect, Member-at-Large, the Chairman (or her representative) of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund,  the Diocesan Altar Guild, the Diocesan Daughters of the King, the Bishop Davies Book of Remembrance, the Historian, and two representatives from each of the Deaneries of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Section 2. Voting members of the Cabinet shall be the women designated in ARTICLE III, Section 1.

ARTICLE IV – Method of Selection of Members

Section 1. The members designated in ARTICLE III, Section 1 are appointed by the Bishop, with recommendation from the Cabinet.

Section 2. The Ex-Officio members designated in ARTICLE III, Section 2 are elected by the Diocesan Church Women membership attending the annual Diocesan Church Women’s Congress.

ARTICLE V – Structure of the Cabinet and Length of Terms of Members

Section 1. Officers of the Cabinet shall consist of a President, President-Elect, and Secretary, and immediate past President.

A. The President-Elect of the Cabinet is elected by the voting membership of the Cabinet at the April meeting of the Cabinet in the first year of the current President and will begin a one-year term on January 1 of the following year. She will then serve a two-year term as President of the Cabinet. To be President-Elect, a member must be a current member of the Cabinet and must have served on the Cabinet a minimum of two years.

B. The Secretary of the Cabinet is elected annually in January by the voting membership.

Section 2. The Chairperson of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund,  the Bishop Davies Book of Remembrance, the Diocesan Altar Guild, and the Historian serve until their successors are appointed by the Bishop.

Section 3. Deanery Representatives on the Cabinet serve a term of two years and may be reappointed by the Bishop for one additional term of two years. Filling an unexpired term of less than one year shall not be considered a term with respect to term limits.

Section 4. Deanery Representatives from each Deanery are selected in alternate years. Expiration of term shall be designated in the yearbook. Vacancies shall be filled only to the end of that term of service, with eligibility for reappointment determined by provisions of Section 3 above.

Section 5. A Cabinet member may be removed from her position by the Bishop, after a consultation with the Cabinet, in case of nonperformance of duties or actions contrary to the purpose of the organization. A member may tender her resignation at any time.

ARTICLE VI – Duties of Members

Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Cabinet. In addition,

A. The president is the overall coordinator of the programs, activities and events sponsored by the Cabinet and may appoint such committees as she deems necessary.

B. The president is responsible for the planning and submitting of the budget to the Diocesan Budget Committee. The Cabinet will assist her in the planning of activities for each coming year in order to formulate the budget.

C. The President will appoint in March of electing years a committee of Cabinet members to nominate the President-Elect. In the event of a vacancy in the Presidency, with no President-Elect in office, a nominating committee shall be appointed by the Bishop.

D. It will be the duty of the President to submit to the Bishop nominees from each Deanery for appointment to be Deanery Representatives.

Section 2. The President-Elect assumes the duties of the President in the event of her absence. She works closely with the President in the planning and execution of all Cabinet functions. She serves as the President’s alternate during her term of office.

Section 3.  The immediate Past President serves as an advisor to the Cabinet.

Section 4. The Secretary records the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet and maintains a permanent file of the minutes. She distributes a copy of the minutes to the membership at the next meeting. The Secretary shall be responsible for timely notification to all Cabinet members of the meeting time and location.

ARTICLE VII – Meetings

Section 1. The Cabinet shall meet on the second Wednesday of January, April, and September. Additional meetings may be called as the need arises. Members shall be notified in advance, in writing, of the time and location of each meeting.

Section 2. A quorum shall consist of six (6) voting members.

Section 3. Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern this body in all its proceedings, should any questions arise.

ARTICLE VIII – Programs and Activities of the Cabinet

Section 1. The WOMEN’S CONGRESS: The annual fall gathering of the Diocesan Church Women (DCW) shall be called The Women’s Congress.

A. Hosting of the Congress will be rotated among the churches large enough to accommodate the group. Invitation to host the Congress shall be presented by inviting parishes and voted on at the Congress.

B. It is recommended that the presentation of the Fall Anglican Relief and Development Fund collection from the individual churches be held during the Fall Congress.

C. Vendors selling appropriate wares will be allowed at the Fall Congress.

Section 2. DIOCESAN ACTIVITIES. The Cabinet may, at their discretion, plan and coordinate occasional Quiet Days, Retreats and any other activities sponsored by the DCW.

Section 3. The Cabinet will help support and publicize the individual churches' activities and programs which are sponsored and/or organized by the women in those churches.

ARTICLE IX – Fiscal Year

The Cabinet’s fiscal year shall run from January 1 through December 31.

ARTICLE X – Amendments

Amendments to these by-laws may be approved at any general meeting of the Cabinet by a majority vote of those present, provided written notice of the subject matter has been distributed to the membership prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE XI – Funding

Funding for Diocesan Women’s Work, i.e., work of the Women’s Cabinet, is provided by the operating budget of the Diocese of Fort Worth under Department of Diocesan Ministries. The annual budget of the Women’s Cabinet will be the guideline for the distribution of funds.

Formulated – Jun 1984 Revised – Oct 1992 Revised – Nov 1994
Revised – Mar 1997 Revised – Sep 2004  Revised – Sep 2009  Revised− April 2012