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23rd Diocesan Convention
Nov. 18 & 19, 2005

“Building up the Body of Christ”

Hosted by the Southern Deanery
The Very Rev. Andrew Bradley, Dean


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Friday, Nov. 18
5:30 p.m. Opening Eucharist at All Saints' School Chapel
Normandale Campus, 9700 Saints' Circle, Fort Worth
Clergy: Cassock, Surplice and & White Stole

Reception and Dinner following at Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Drive, Fort Worth 76116

Saturday, Nov. 19
at All Saints’ School

7:30 – 8:45 am.

Registration • in the Gymnasium
(everyone must register)
Continental Breakfast served

8:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer • in the School Chapel
Plenary Session
in the Gymnasium
9 a.m.
Call to order
  Welcome by the Host Dean
Election of the Secretary of Convention
Report of the Credentials Committee
Report on Canon 16.7
Introduction of The Standing Rules of Procedure
The Bishop’s Nominations
The Bishop’s Appointments
Report of the Nominating Committee
Nominations from the floor
Report of the Elections Committe
Ballots as needed
Ministry Reports
Noonday Prayer and Recess for Lunch
1 p.m.
Convention reconvenes

Reports continue

    ADJOURNMENT, sine die

The date for the next Annual Convention is
November 17 & 18, 2006, at
St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Arlington

PDF Version of the Agenda


Pre-Convention Information Packet #2
for clergy and lay delegates:

Information Letter from Canon Hough

Deanery List (PDF)

Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings

Bishop's Policies

Meals Form (PDF)


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



Memo from Canon Charles Hough

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 15, 2005

TO: Convention Delegates and Clergy

FROM: The Rev. Canon Charles A. Hough

SUBJECT: Diocesan Convention Information

“Building Up the Body of Christ” is the theme of the 23rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Fort Worth, which will be hosted by the Southern Deanery and All Saint’s Episcopal School, Normandale Campus, Fort Worth. The opening Eucharist will be on Friday, November 18, 2005, at All Saints’ Episcopal School Chapel, 9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76108, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following the Eucharist, there will be a reception and dinner at the Ridglea Country Club. 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 website ( on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. Every delegate is encouraged to download the Convention packets from the website 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. 19, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served during registration. Morning Prayer will be in the All Saints School Chapel at 8:30 a.m. The Convention will 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

Alternate Deputy to
General Convention

4 Clerical deputies 4 Lay deputies

3. Pre-Convention Deanery Meetings will be held in October or early November. 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 Friday, Sept. 2, 2005.
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 2006 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.




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