January 15, 2004


Diocesan Deputation to attend
Network Convocation Jan. 19 & 20 in Plano

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Bishop of Fort Worth and four diocesan representatives (two priests and two lay persons) will attend the founding convocation for the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes at Christ Church, Plano, on January 19 and 20, 2004. In all, 12 Episcopal dioceses will be represented. Orthodox congregations without diocesan representation at the meeting have been organized into five geographic regions and provision has been made for them to send elected representatives.

Representing the Diocese of Fort Worth will be the Very Rev. Ryan Reed, dean of St. Vincent’s Cathedral Church in Bedford; the Rev. Thomas Hightower, rector of St. Peter & St. Paul Church in Arlington; Walter Virden III, a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Arlington; and Kay Stromberg, a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hurst.

The purpose of the convocation is to:

1. bring the Network into existence by adopting a charter and a theological statement;
2. give pastoral support and hope for the future to orthodox people in the
Episcopal Church;
3. adopt a structure for the early life of the Network, as a work in progress
4. elect officers and a steering committee;
5. create a "missionary DNA" for the Network;
6. address the critical need for alternative Episcopal oversight for orthodox clergy
and people in heterodox dioceses;
7. re-establish ecumenical and international relationships with other denominations
and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

A press briefing will be held at the close of each day of the convocation, and a press release will be issued at the conclusion of the meeting.

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth consists of 56 congregations serving 24 north central Texas counties. The major cities in the diocese include Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Wichita Falls, Grand Prairie, Richland Hills, Brownwood, and Stephenville. The Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker has served as the third Diocesan Bishop of Fort Worth since 1995. The diocese enjoys companion relationships with the Dioceses of Northern Malawi and Northern Mexico.




Contact: Suzanne Gill
Director of Communications
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
817-244-2885 ext. 11