Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor
Saturday, June 1, 2019 • St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, Texas
Diocesan history will be made on Saturday, June 1, when our clergy and elected lay delegates prayerfully select a Bishop Coadjutor who will become the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese. The call for this Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor was issued by the Bishop and Standing Committee in August 2018, when Bishop Iker’s retirement plans were announced. Our theme for this year of discernment and transition is “Hope and a Future.”
The Special Convention will be held at St. Vincent’s Cathedral Church, 1300 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford. The proceedings will be webcast live beginning at 8:30 a.m. Briefly, the schedule for Saturday, June 1, is as follows:
Since this is a Special Convention of the Diocese, there is no budget to adopt, no ministry reports, and none of the other usual business of an annual Convention. The Special Convention has just one item of business: the election of a Bishop Coadjutor. [See the Agenda for June 1.]
Please note that the Standing Rules of Procedure and Bishop’s policies apply just as they would at an annual Convention.
At this time all clergy and delegates are encouraged to make meal reservations for Saturday’s lunch. This can be done online or by mail using the form provided. If registering online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours.
Hotel reservations may be made at a group rate through the Hampton Inn and Suites.
Please be sure to save Saturday, Sept. 21, on your calendar. That will be the date, God willing, of the Bishop Coadjutor’s Consecration.
The diocesan staff and Arrangements Committee at St. Vincent’s look forward to seeing you at this Special Convention!
Since October, the Nominating Committee has spent many hours in prayer and fasting, thought and discernment, patience and guidance, travel and examination.
The result is a slate of four nominees for Bishop Coadjutor. Following the requirements laid out in Canon 40 of our Diocese, we believe the Holy Spirit has guided us to these candidates and them to us. Our process began with meetings to articulate the qualities and qualifications for a bishop of this Diocese. We called for nominations and then considered each name carefully. The candidates answered a lengthy questionnaire and submitted their resumes and other material, including college transcripts and medical reports. Finally, small teams went out to meet each of the finalists in his home parish, spending time with him and his wife.
Our slate was published on Easter Monday, April 22. On May 11, the lay delegates and alternates, the clergy and their spouses gathered for a Candidate Forum. Here they were able to ask questions and have dialogue with the nominees.
Meanwhile, throughout the Diocese, people have been at prayer, fasting on the second Friday of each month and remembering the committee and its charge at every Sunday and weekday worship service. We ask God’s protection and above all his leading, so that we will discern and obey his ill for our future.
Our prayers and work will culminate on June 1, when diocesan clergy and elected lay delegates from every congregation gather to choose a Bishop Coadjutor for the Diocese.
I will warn you: It isn’t going to be easy. The nominees are very qualified. Have we found who God has sent to us? As I said when I addressed the Diocesan Convention last November, we are approaching a crossroads in the life of our Diocese. Our hope and future are in God’s hands.
We must not be tempted to elect by any other means than prayer, fasting, guidance, and discernment, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Very Rev. Edward Kresowaty
Fr. Christopher Culpepper
Rector, Christ the Redeemer, Fort Worth
Fr. Michael Fry
Rector, All Saints’,
Peachtree City, GA
Fr. Joel Hampton
Rector, Holy Apostles,
The Hampton Inn and Suites at 1600 Hurst Town Center (NW corner of Hwy. 183 and Precinct Line Road) has reserved a block of guest rooms at a rate of $109 (plus tax). You may choose from either a King or Queen room.
Guest room reservations are to be made individually by calling 817-503-7777 and requesting the group rate for “EDFW Convention.“ The deadline for reservations at this group rate is Friday, May 24.
If you must cancel a reservation, please do so at least 24 hours in advance of your intended stay to avoid being charged.
Check-in begins at 3 p.m. Check-out time is 12 noon.
for the Election of a Bishop Coadjutor
St. Vincent’s Cathedral Church, Bedford, TX
June 1, 2019