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22nd Diocesan Convention
Nov. 5 & 6, 2004

“Bringing Forth Life & Giving Growth”


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Hosted by the Northern Deanery
The Very Rev. Christopher Allen, Dean

Opening Eucharist
Friday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
St. Vincent's Cathedral Church
1300 Forest Ridge
, Bedford

Plenary Session
Saturday, Nov. 6, beginning at 9 a.m.
St. Vincent's School

Pre-Convention Information Packet #1
for clergy and lay delegates:



Memo from Canon Charles Hough

Schedule of Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings

Standing Rules Of Procedure

Nomination Form (PDF)

Resolution Form (PDF)

Necrology Report Form (PDF)

Executive Council Positions Open by Deanery

Executive Council Nominating Form (PDF)

Canon 35 — Deaneries

Article 18 — Canons

Article 19 — Alterations and Amendments to the Constitution




DATE: July 23, 2004

TO: Convention Delegates and Clergy

FROM: The Rev. Canon Charles A. Hough

SUBJECT: Diocesan Convention Information

"BRINGING FORTH LIFE AND GIVING GROWTH" (from the 2nd song of Isaiah) is the theme of the 22nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Fort Worth, which will be hosted by the Northern Deanery and St. Vincent’s Cathedral. The opening Eucharist will be on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at St. Vincent’s Cathedral, 1300 Forest Ridge, Bedford, TX 76022, 817-354-7911, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following the Eucharist, there will be a reception and dinner at the new St. Vincent’s School Gymnasium. Information concerning reservations for the Friday night dinner, hotels (if needed), and lunch on Saturday will be given in the next Convention packet, which will be posted on the Diocesan Web site ( in September. Every delegate is encouraged to download the Convention packets from the Web site or from your Parish Church. If neither of these options is available, please contact Susan Steele at (817) 244-2885, and she will be happy to mail the packets to you.

1. Registration will take place in the School Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov, 6, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served during registration. Morning Prayer will be in the church at 8:30 a.m. The Convention will then convene at 9 a.m. in the Gymnasium. After lunch, the Convention will continue until all business has been transacted. The Bishop will give his Annual Address at the beginning of the business session on Saturday morning. Don’t worry about making your reception/supper and lunch reservations or hotel reservations at this time.

2. This packet includes the "Standing Rules of Procedure" for the Convention, a form for offering a Resolution to the Convention, the Nomination form and a form for the Necrology report. We have (13) elected positions to fill at this year’s Convention.

Standing Committee 1 Clerical member 1 Lay member

Trustees to the University
of the South

No clerical members 1 Lay member
Ecclesiastical Court 1 Clerical member 1 Lay member

Deputy to
General Convention

4 Clerical deputies 4 Lay deputies

3. Also included is the listing of the Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings, which will be held in October. These meetings are crucial in preparing you for the Convention. If you are not able to attend your Deanery Meeting, you are welcome to attend any of the other Deanery Meetings.

For your convenience, we are including the names of the lay and clerical representatives to the Executive Council from each Deanery. We are also including a form, which you may use to nominate someone to fill any vacancy on the Executive Council from your Deanery. We ask that if you choose to nominate someone, you forward the Nomination Form to your Dean at least one week prior to the Pre-Convention Deanery Meeting. Election for your Deanery positions will take place at the Pre-Convention Deanery Meeting.


All resolutions shall be delivered to the Diocesan Office (to be forwarded to the Secretary of the Convention) by September 3, 2004. The resolutions must be processed by the Resolutions Committee in adequate time to place written copies of the Resolutions in the hands of the convention delegates and clergy no later than twenty (20) days before the opening day of the Convention. Any resolution, which shows on its face that it deals with matters arising after the deadline date, shall be exempt from this requirement. All other resolutions delivered to the Secretary after the deadline shall be governed by Rule 27.

A copy of Article 18 of The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is included in this packet for your convenience.

A copy of Article 19 of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is included in this packet for your convenience.

5. In addition to the above, The Constitution and Canons Committee will provide each delegate and clergy with any proposed changes to The Constitution and Canons in written form. These changes, if any, will appear in the next Convention packet which will be distributed in September via the Diocesan website

Pictures and biographies of the nominees for each open position will be featured in the September packet. The proposed Diocesan Budget for 2005 will be included in the next Convention packet to each delegate and clergy. In other words, everything each delegate and clergy will need will be in hand in enough time for digestion before the Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings.







Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.

St. John's Church
2401 College Avenue
Fort Worth


Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.

Church of the Holy Apostles
3900 Longvue Avenue
Fort Worth


Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

St. Laurence Church
519 N. Kimball Avenue



Sunday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m.

St. Luke's Church
600 NW 6th Street
Mineral Wells


Sunday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Church
1007 Burnett Street
Wichita Falls


Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m.

St. Luke's Church
595 N. McIlhaney




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