The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Equipping the Saints for the Work of Ministry


The 29th Annual
Diocesan Convention

November 4 & 5, 2011 • Hosted by the Southern Deanery

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Article 18
Article 19
Canon 1
Canon 29
Canon 35
Overnight Accommodations

Standing Rules
of Procedure

Bishop’s Policies
Deanery Organization Chart
Convention Agenda
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hotel exterior
Hilton Garden Inn

635 E. Pearl Street
next door to the conference center

Special Room Rates
$89 Town View • $99 Lake View
Rates do not include tax.

Guest room reservations must be made individually by the guests.
The local number is (817) 579-3800;
mention the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth convention.
Reservations received after the cut-off date of Tuesday, Oct. 5,
will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Driving directions – Traveling south from the metroplex take Hwy 377 south towards Granbury. Take Hwy 377 Business toward the Granbury Square. The Hilton Garden Inn is located on the left hand side of Hwy 377 Business (E. Pearl Street) before you reach the town square.

Check-in & Check-out
The check-in time is 3 p.m. and checkout time is Noon.

Additional choices of accommodation
Room rates and availability are not guaranteed

Best Western
1517 N. Plaza Drive
Granbury  76048

LaQuinta Inn
880 Harbor Lakes Drive
Granbury  76048

Camp Crucis
Special rate of $60/room
Contact Kitty Blackwell
at 817.578.0081


Report of the Committee on Constitution and Canons

The committee is placing one proposed amendment before the convention. Please download and print the

Proposed Amendment to Canon 35.

Bring a copy of the proposed amendment to your Pre-Convention Deanery meeting and to the Convention itself. Note: An amendment to the diocesan Canons needs approval at only one meeting of the Convention, and it takes effect immediately after the conclusion of the plenary business meeting.

Proposed Amendment to

At every meeting of the Convention, the Clergy and Laity shall deliberate as one body. Each priest present and each Lay Delegate present shall be entitled to one (1) vote. Unless a vote by orders is determined, required or otherwise provided by the Constitution or Canons, a majority of the aggregate votes shall be decisive. Whenever a vote by orders is determined, required or otherwise provided, a concurrent majority in both orders shall be necessary. Upon demand of any seven (7) members of the Convention representing not less than three (3) Parishes or Missions of the Diocese, the vote shall be taken by orders.

The Convention may adopt rules of procedure to regulate and expedite the orderly disposition of its business, including elections other than those governed by Article 17 of this Constitution.

Purpose of Amendment

The proposed Amendment changes the reference in the last sentence of Article 8 from Article 16 to Article 17 (the correction is indicated in boldface), which addresses the suspension of Standing Rules with respect to elections. This corrects an oversight that occurred when a re-numbering of Constitutional provisions previously was made. A change to the Constitution requires ratification by two meetings of the Convention and will lay over until 2012 before final adoption.


Standing Rules of Procedure
for the Convention

  1. PRESIDENT: The Bishop shall be the presiding President of the Convention. He may call to the chair any qualified person to relieve him temporarily. The Bishop shall have full power and authority to take such action (consistent with the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese) as he deems necessary to expedite the orderly disposition of the business of the Convention.

  2. PRAYER: After the Convention is called to order by the presiding officer, an opening prayer shall be offered by the Bishop or someone designated by him.

  3. SECRETARY: The first order of procedure shall be the nomination of a Secretary by the Bishop and election by the Convention. Assistant Secretaries may be appointed by the Bishop.

  4. QUORUM: The Chairman of the Credentials Committee shall report the number of Clergy and Lay members in attendance and whether or not there is a quorum present. If there is a quorum, the President shall recommend an Order of Business to be adopted by the Convention. Then the Convention shall proceed to such business. In the absence of a quorum, the Convention shall transact no other business than to recess or stand adjourned from time to time until a quorum is present.

  5. ORDER OF BUSINESS: If there is a quorum the Convention shall proceed to the business of the Convention pursuant to the Order of Business recommended by the President and adopted by the Convention. The Bishop shall have the authority, within his discretion, to deviate from such Order of Business adopted as the exigencies of the occasion may require.

  6. PARLIAMENTARIAN: The Bishop shall appoint a Parliamentarian to advise him on parliamentary questions arising during the Convention.

  7. DEBATE: A member having received recognition of the chair shall give his name and the church represented.

  8. TITLES: Any person addressing the chair while the Convention is in session shall address the chair as “Right Reverend Sir” if the Bishop is in the chair. If some other person is in the chair, the address shall be “Mr. President.”

  9. MICROPHONES: A member making a motion or brief statement shall use the nearest microphone. A member making a report or speaking at length on any subject shall use the microphone at the lectern at the front of the meeting place.

  10. DISPATCH OF BUSINESS: The Bishop, within a reasonable length of time before the convening of the Annual Convention, shall appoint, from among the members of the Convention, a Committee on the Dispatch of Business consisting of a Chairman and not more than four (4) other members. It shall be one of the duties of this Committee to prepare an Order of Business agreeable to the Bishop and to perform such other acts and duties as may be deemed necessary or advisable to dispatch the business of the Convention. Such Committee shall always be entitled to the floor on business pertaining to that Committee. This committee shall continue in office until a successor is appointed.

  11. RESOLUTIONS: All resolutions shall be delivered to the Secretary of Convention at least sixty (60) days before Convention and processed prior to the meeting by the Resolutions Committee in adequate time to place written copies of the resolutions in the hands of the members not later than twenty (20) days before the opening day of 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.

  12. SPECIAL ORDER: Any item of business of the Convention may be set as a special order of business or taken up out of its regular order at any time by the concurring majority vote of the members of both orders.

  13. NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The Bishop (or in the event of his failure to act, the Standing Committee) shall appoint, not less than sixty (60) days in advance of each Annual Convention, a Nominating Committee composed of four (4) clergymen and four (4) laymen, resident in the Diocese, which shall report to the Convention nominations for all elective offices (other than those for which the Bishop makes the nominations) in accordance with the following provisions:
    There shall be nominated not less than two (2) nominees for each office. Each nominee shall be verified as an adult communicant in good standing.

    There shall be obtained from each nominee presented his personal assurance of his willingness to serve and availability if elected.

    The name of each nominee shall be accompanied by suitable brief biographical data, including a listing of Parish, Mission and Diocesan offices then or previously held.

    Suggestions as to persons for consideration shall be received from parishes, Missions, and Diocesan Institutions and from individuals.

    No member of the Nominating Committee shall be named a nominee by the Nominating Committee.

    Further nominations for any office may be made on the floor of Convention, at which time, biographical data of the nature above described must be submitted in writing.

  14. ELECTIONS: All members of the Convention entitled to vote, both clergy and laity, shall cast their ballots at one voting for all elective offices. The election of all officers shall be by a concurrent majority of both orders voting. Voting shall proceed by successive ballot(s) until the requisite number of offices have been filled by a concurrent majority of both orders of those voting.

  15. APPOINTMENTS: The Bishop shall have the authority to appoint all Board members, Trustees, Committee members, and fill other positions which are not required to be elected or otherwise selected by the Constitution or Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, or any other lawful authority.

  16. LIMITATIONS ON DEBATE: To expedite the business of the Convention, debates on any pending resolution or motion shall be limited to five (5) minutes per speaker, alternating sides, and one (1) person shall not speak more than once on the pending matter until all other persons who so desire have had an opportunity to be heard. The time for discussion shall be divided as equally as practicable between the proponents and opponents of the pending subject.

  17. REPORTS: All reports which have been printed and distributed in advance to all members of the Convention shall be presented by title only and not read; provided however, that any person presenting such a report may give a summary of it, requiring not more than five (5) minutes to deliver.

  18. RECONSIDERATION: A question having been decided shall not be reconsidered at the same annual convention without the consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present or without a motion for that purpose being made by one of the majority on the prior decision. No question shall be reconsidered more than once.

  19. TELLERS: The Presiding Officer shall appoint sufficient number of tellers of elections to count ballots promptly and with all reasonable dispatch. Additional tellers who are not members of the Convention may be appointed in order that the official tellers may not be obligated to absent themselves from the Convention while the ballots are being counted.

  20. MOTIONS: No motion shall be considered as before the Convention unless seconded and, when required by the Presiding Officer, reduced to writing.

  21. TABLE: A motion to lay on the table shall be decided without debate, but cannot be used to halt debate. “Call the Question” is the appropriate motion to halt debate and requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote.

    a) No more than two (2) amendments may be considered at one time.

    b) Amendments of more than one sentence or twenty (20) words must be submitted as a substitute motion.

    c) When any proposed change to the Constitution or Canons is pending before the Convention, amendments thereto may be sent up from the floor if, within the judgment of the Presiding Officer, such floor amendments are germane to the pending changes and do not alter the purpose of such pending change.

  23. ADJOURNMENT: A motion to adjourn shall always be in order when no member is speaking and shall be decided without debate. A motion to fix the hour or day to which the Convention shall adjourn takes precedence of a motion to adjourn and shall be decided without debate.

  24. DIVISION: If a question under debate contains distinct propositions, the same may be divided, at the request of any member, and a vote taken separately.

  25. APPEAL: All questions of order shall be determined by the Presiding Officer. Any member may appeal from any decision of the Chair and on such appeal no member shall speak more than once without leave of the Convention.

  26. RECORD: The proceedings of the Convention shall be recorded and permanently filed.

  27. SUSPENSION OF RULES: Any of these rules may be suspended by the unanimous consent of the Convention or by two-thirds (2/3) concurring majority vote of the members of both orders; provided that, such amendments are not in violation of the Constitution or Canons of the Diocese.

Bishop's Policies for the Convention


NO LITERATURE is to be handed out on the Convention floor or placed on the tables of the delegates without permission from the Chair. 


The Convention floor, Vendor and Lunch areas are to remain smoke-free. 


No cell phones or internet access are permitted for delegates and clergy on the Convention floor at any time.

Parishes and Missions listed by Deaneries
Fr. Klein Dean Fr. Wilson Dean
Fort Worth * San Juan Apostol Breckenridge St. Andrew
Fort Worth St. Andrew Graham * Holy Spirit
Fort Worth St. John Midland
St. Paul’s
Fort Worth St. Simon Mineral Wells   St. Luke
Fort Worth * St. Timothy Possum Kingdom
St. Peter
Fort Worth * San Miguel Weatherford All Saints’
Willow Park St. Francis
FORT WORTH WEST Fr. Bradley Dean
Fr. Grist Dean Alvarado * St. Anthony
Fort Worth All Saints’ Brownwood Good Shepherd
Fort Worth Christ The King Brownwood St. John
Fort Worth Holy Apostles Cleburne Holy Comforter
Fort Worth St. Anne Comanche * St. Matthew
Fort Worth * Christ the Redeemer Dublin * Trinity
Eastland * Holy Trinity
Glen Rose ** Cross of Christ
Granbury Good Shepherd
St. Mary
St. Mary
Houston ** Santa Cruz
St. Alban
Fr. Hightower Dean Laguna Park
Our Lady of the Lake
Arlington St. Alban Waco
King of Glory
Arlington St. Mark
Arlington St. Peter & St. Paul NORTHERN
Arlington * St. Philip Fr. Wooten Dean
Bedford St. Vincent Cathedral Bowie * St. Patrick
Richland Hills St. Michael Burkburnett * St. John
Grand Prairie St. Andrew Gainesville St. Paul
Grand Prairie * St. Joseph Henrietta * Trinity
Grapevine St. Laurence Jacksboro ** St. Thomas
Hurst St. Stephen Wichita Falls All Saints
Keller * St. Barnabas Wichita Falls Good Shepherd
Mansfield St. Gregory Wise County * Ascension/St. Mark
Dallas St. Francis      
Dallas St. Matthias    
Springdale, AR
St. Gabriel's
Tulsa, OK Holy Spirit * Missions
Monroe, La. ** All Saints' ** Mission Stations
30 Parishes
20 Missions
8 Mission Stations
Canon 35 governs Deanery organization
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