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2009 News

December 29, 2009 - Adventures at the Archives
by David Leedy, Historiographer
When I started as Historiographer, there were approximately 10 "must have" books on the list. "Bishop Garrett’s Journal" was purchased off of the internet within a few weeks, and this had been on on the previous Historiographer’s list for years. (more...)

December 15, 2009 - Ministry Development and Administrative Officer named
The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has named Demi L. Prentiss ministry development and administrative officer for the diocese. She will begin work on January 4, 2010. (more...)

December 12, 2009 - Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and Retired Bishop Frey meet in Dallas
As part of a lecture series sponsored by St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rt. Rev. William Frey, retired bishop of Colorado met on Saturday, December  to discuss the identity and meaning of Jesus Christ. (more...)

December 5, 2009 - ClayOla Gitane ordained
Deacon ClayOla Gitane was ordained a priest on Saturday, December 5 by the Rt. Rev. Bavi Edna "Nedi" Rivera of the Diocese of Olympia [Washington] before a joy-filled congregation at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, assisted. A reception was held in the Parish Hall. (more...)

December 1, 2009 - Diocese of Fort worth to ordain second woman as priest
The rejoicing continues in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth as preparations are made for the ordination of Deacon ClayOla Gitane to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday December 5 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive South, Fort Worth, 76109. She will be the second woman ordained to the priesthood in this diocese. She is one of more than fifteen women who over the years have had to leave the diocese in order to be ordained priests because all the bishops of Fort Worth prior to 2009 opposed the ordination of women. With God's help, she will be the last. (more...)

December 1, 2009 - United Campus Ministries to restart at Midwestern State University
Millie Gore, in cooperation with area Episcopal, ELCA Lutheran, Presbyterian, Christian (Disciples of Christ), and Methodist churches, has succeeded in getting United Campus Ministries rechartered at Midwestern State University, where she is a professor. The program will start up in January. (more...)

November 21, 2009 - All Saints-Wichita Falls to be featured in online Advent Calendar
Every year, Trinity Wall Street puts out a fabulous online Advent calendar, full of stories, photos, videos, and the like. This year the theme is "Expect Hope." Several months ago, Leah Reddy of Trinity Wall Street sent out a note to Episcopal Communicators in The Episcopal Church and to all the provinces of the Anglican Communion, asking for stories from parishes for possible inclusion in the calendar. Thanks to Diocesan Communications Director Katie Sherrod's response to this request, All Saints-Wichita Falls will be one of the featured parishes! Read Trinity Wall Street's news release to learn about the calendar.

November 18, 2009 - Gift of custom-made boots for Bp. Gulick
BootsAt the diocesan convention it was announced that a gift of a custom-made pair of boots was being made to our departing provisional bishop, the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr.

Before he left town, Fred Barber and David Madison, both members of the Standing Committee, accompanied Bishop Ted to Leddy's, where Wilson Franklin, the owner, measured the bishop's feet for a precise fit and helped him pick out the various leathers for the boots.

How Beautiful are the Feet of those who bring good news, proclaim peace, bring glad tidings of good things, proclaim salvation, and proclaim to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7

November 21, 2009 - Gift of gratitude from Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth doubled by matching grant
At the recent 27th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, outgoing Provisional Bishop Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr. asked that the offering at the Eucharist be given to Episcopal Relief and Development [ERD]. In deep gratitude for the ministry of Bishop Gulick with the diocese for the past ten months, the congregation responded, and the amount of the offering totaled $3,070.03.

But wait! There’s more! Episcopal Relief & Development has gotten a grant that will match gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000, if they are made by Nov. 30. As a result of that matching grant, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth will be making possible a gift of more than $6,000 to help a hurting world. Congregations and individuals across the Church have donated more than $200,000 toward the $250,000 goal as of mid-November. To read about all that ERD does, visit our ERD News page.

November 21, 2009 - Gifts and donations to our archives
David Leedy, Historiographer for the Diocese of Fort Worth, thanks the following organizations for providing brochures and other materials for the Archive’s exhibit at the Diocesan Convention on November 14th as well as for the Archives: more...

November 21, 2009 - Countdown Begins for Release of Home-Grown 'Graceland'
Excitement has begun to build in advance of the official release of a compact disc featuring the girls of Amazing Grace Children's Home in Kenya. more...

November 16, 2009 - Convention Wrapup
At the 27th Diocesan convention Bishop Ohl was elected provisional bishop and Bishop Gulick stepped down. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori sent greetings to the convention, saying, "I give thanks for your strong and faithful ministry over the last year. You continue to witness to the power of the resurrection, giving an account of the faith that is within you. You give hope to others as well! . . .Keep walking, and know who walks with you. You continue in my prayers." more ...

November 16, 20098 - The Ordination of Susan Slaughter
The ordination on Sunday, November 15 of Deacon Slaughter took place before more than 400 people packed into St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church. Both the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies sent greetings. Anderson had planned to be present, but had to cancel because of illness. She sent gifts to be delivered to Slaughter and to the diocese. more...

November 12, 2009 - Episcopal Leaders to Examine Views of Christ
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States and the country’s longest-serving Episcopal Bishop will examine their views of Christ at the Distinguished Lecture Series, Saturday, December 12 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. more...

November 11, 2009 - Prayer Books available
All Saints Episcopal Church-Fort Worth has several boxes of Prayer Books and Bibles that Bp. Rayford High gave them to pass on to a parish in need. If anyone is interested, they should contact Canon Moore or Joan McCauley in the diocesan office at 817-921-4533.

November 11, 2009 - All Saints Episcopal School to be on WFAA’s DayBreak Show on Thursday
All Saints Episcopal School has won the 9th to 12th grade category in the WFAA-sponsored Eco-Educators Project Green Contest. Susan Hoskins, All Saints’ Chemistry teacher and co-founder of the RANGE Project, nominated Kimberlee Long, our current RANGE Coordinator. more...

November 9, 2009 - St Martin's chairs have a new home
The chairs that St. Martin's had up for grabs on November 3 have a new home. St. Luke's-in-the-Meadow snapped them up. Reports are that both parishes are very happy.

November 3, 2009 - St Martin's has chairs to give away
St. Martin's has approximately 46 metal of chairs they wish to give away. more...

October 29, 2009 - Want to help with the ordination of Dn. Slaughter?
The ordination of Susan Slaughter to the priesthood is an historic moment for the Diocese of Fort Worth and has occasioned great rejoicing in the diocese. St. Luke’s in the Meadow is a small parish that is working hard to accommodate this big event in the life of their parish and of the diocese.

Many people have inquired about how they might help St. Luke's as it prepares for the Nov. 15 event, or contribute to a gift for Susan, or both. more...

October 27, 2009 - Diocese to Ordain First Woman to Priesthood
It is with great rejoicing that we make the following announcement. Thirty-three years after the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, the first woman will be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. At 5:00 P.M. on Sunday Nov. 15 in St. Luke's in the Meadow Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr. will ordain Deacon Susan Slaughter to the priesthood. more...

October 26, 2009 - Who are Episcopalians?
Answers to this question are presented through two videos. The first is a video produced by King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, Georgia, led by the Rev. Frank Logue, Vicar. Here is a link to the first video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ_lUoloW4M&feature=player_profilepage. The second video features a concise description of who we are by the Presiding Bishop. The link to this one is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQSWporCpfY .

October 24, 2009 - ECW in Diocese of Fort Worth Up and Running
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Fort Worth has completed the reorganization that became necessary when the former bishop and several other leaders of the diocese, including nearly all the ECW board, left the Episcopal Church in 2008. more...

October 23, 2009 - Update on candidate for provisional bishop
Among the tasks facing delegates to the November 14 diocesan convention will be electing a new provisional bishop.

When Bishop Gulick was elected at the February 7 Special Meeting of the Diocesan Convention, he was chosen by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and presented to us for election because the diocese had no bishop or Standing Committee, all having left the Episcopal Church. more...

October 22, 2009 - Fall assembly of the Episcopal Church women to take place this weekend
The Fall Assembly of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Fort Worth will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday Oct. 24 at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133. more...

October 21, 2009 - New clergy in diocese, including first woman priest on staff
The Rev. Melanie R. Barbarito has joined the staff of All Saints Episcopal Church-Fort Worth as parochial associate for evangelism and engagement, making her the first woman priest to be hired on the staff of a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Other new clergy are the Rev. Edwin W. Barnett, who is All Saints' new parochial associate for outreach and mission, and the Rev. Michael Caldwell, who is acting director for youth at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. Other new faces include The Rev. Calvin Girvin, serving as interim at St. Luke's-Stephenville, and The Rev. Linda Sutherland who serves as deacon at St. Mary's-Hamilton. more...

October 14, 2009 - Transformation and Renewal conference to celebrate life and music of Dr. Horace Boyer
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Inspirational music and a focus on clergy and congregational wellness are on tap for the sixth Transformation and Renewal conference Nov. 15-19 at Kanuga Conferences. more...

October 6, 2009 - Choir Volunteers sought for Diocesan Convention
Singers interested in being part of the choir for the Opening Eucharist of Diocesan Convention on Saturday November 14 at All Saints Episcopal School should contact Christi Hardy, music director for St. Martins in the Fields, at chrisbhardy@gmail.com as soon as possible. There will be three rehearsals:

  • Thursday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. at St. Martin in the Fields in the parish hall, 223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, 76248
  • Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal School Chapel
  • Saturday, November 14, 8:00 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal School Chapel

Among the hymns that will be sung are "For the Beauty of the Earth"- Rutter; and "Jubilate Deo"- Emily Crocker.

September 17, 2009 - Applications available for Summer Collegium
Applications are now available for the Summer Collegium, a project in support of small congregations at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Clergy (and their spouses or partners) from 25 small churches of all Christian denominations are invited to spend nine days at Virginia Seminary for encouragement, education, rest and renewal. more...

September 16, 2009 - Happy Episcopalians will be very busy on September 26
Saturday September 26 begins for the women of the diocese with Coffee in the Garden, 10:00 a.m. to noon at the home of Katie Sherrod and Gayland Pool, 1870 Ederville Road S., Fort Worth, TX 76103. All women of the diocese are invited to come meet other women from other parishes as the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Fort Worth reorganizes itself. more...

September 16, 2009 - Feed Hungry People
I will never "get" hunger down in my belly like homeless people who live under the bridges in Wichita Falls do, and yes, I’ve seen them with my own eyes. I’ll never "get" hunger down in my guts like little children in Wichita Falls do, little children who have come to depend on PowerPaks 4 Kids to survive from Friday’s school lunch to Monday’s school breakfast ... more

September 12, 2009 - Update from Standing Committee president about search for a provisional bishop
The Standing Committee met on Thursday, Sept. 10 at All Saints School to continue the process of discernment in the choice of our next provisional bishop. We have been working in consultation with the presiding bishop’s office to identify and interview suitable candidates. more...

September 11, 2009 - Wichita Falls to feed 5,000 hungry people
All Saints Episcopal Church in Wichita Falls is a faithful congregation of about 40 to 50 people whose displacement from their building propelled them headlong into outreach and mission. They vowed to look outside themselves to those in need instead of focusing on their own pain. So much so that a mere year after being forced to leave their building they are pledging to feed a meal to 5000 people during the next four months. more...

September 10, 2009 - Moveable altar still available
All Saints Episcopal School has a wooden altar on wheels. It is about 2 feet wide, 4 feet long, and maybe an inch taller than standard altar height [because of the wheels]. It is available to anyone who will come haul it off. Contact the Rev. Mel Bridge at 817-560-5700, ext. 323.

September 9, 2009 - All Saints plans chili cook-off
All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth is planning a chili cook-off on October 3 to benefit church outreach programs. To learn more and to register, click here.

September 2, 2009 - Formed around the rock of Jesus – Sam McClain's ministry
Sam McClain's work at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Stephenville began with a dream and then, grounded in the bedrock of Christ, grew into a ministry of radical hospitality with a model of stewardship unlike any other in the diocese. more...

August 31, 2009 - Ladders for New Orleans
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made her way through the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama. In her wake, she also did major damage to the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Four years later, there are still recovery efforts, and they need our help. How? Click here.

August 27, 2009 - Safeguarding God's Children class scheduled
Another opportunity to attend the Safeguarding God's Children class has just been setup, for September 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at All Saints’ Church, Fort Worth. Please call Lisa Nelms at 817-732-1424 to register.

August 26, 2009 - Seminary of the Southwest announces three lectures for 2009-10 academic year
Seminary of the Southwest has invited an Episcopal bishop, a Wesley Studies professor from Perkins School of Theology and a Chicago Divinity School theologian to lecture on its campus during the 2009-10 academic year. more...

August 24, 2009 - Help us plan the 2010 Diocesan Lenten Series
The committee planning the 2010 Diocesan Lenten series is already hard at work. The theme is Benedictine spirituality and practices. But because this series is being organized for all the people of the diocese and especially those in the displaced parishes, the planning committee wants your input on three critical questions. more...

August 14, 2009 - ECW Get-Acquainted Coffee
Come replenish yourself with friends, flowers and food at Coffee in the Garden, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday September 26 at the home of Katie Sherrod and Gayland Pool, 1870 Ederville Road S., Fort Worth, TX 76103. more...

August 10, 2009 - Living Stones overnighter planned
The Episcopal Center for Renewal in Dallas is sponsoring a "Living Stones" overnighter for 5th and 6th graders. It will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, and lasting until Saturday, September 12 around 4:00 p.m. Living Stones is a program designed to help children see themselves as God sees them. Using skits, games, graphics and music, Living Stones shows the children how they can take all of their cares and burdens to Jesus. It also shows them that each one of them is very important in building God’s Kingdom. For more information contact Linda Wilson at the Renewal Center, 214-351-9330, or go to their website at www.episcopalrenewalcenter.org.

August 3, 2009 - Letter from the Presiding Bishop discusses property issues
[Episcopal Cafe, August 3] The Presiding Bishop sent a letter to the bishops of the Episcopal Church late last weekend, summing up conversations held during General Convention and with her Council of Advice. In the letter she discusses the strategy that is governing the way the Episcopal Church responds to legal challenges regarding diocesan and parish property. Read the complete letter here.

July 31, 2009 - Education for Ministry
After a long absence and under the auspices of the diocesan Education Commission and our provisional bishop, Education for Ministry (EfM) is coming back to The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. EfM is a life-changing four-year theological study program developed by the University of the South designed to give laypersons basic instruction in scripture, church history, theology and theological reflection and helps equip lay persons for the ministry to which Christ has called them. more...

July 25, 2009 - Presiding Bishop's statement on the legal issues in litigation in the Diocese of San Joaquin.
July 25, 2009
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement concerning the Superior Court ruling in Fresno County, California. more...

July 21, 2009 - Biking to save lives
Bishop Mark Hollingsworth and a team from the Diocese of Ohio are riding across the United States from Anaheim to the Church Center in New York City to raise awareness and support for Episcopal Relief & Development's NetsforLife program. more...

June 13, 2009 - ECW Reorganization Committee meeting
The Episcopal Church Women's (ECW) Reorganization Committee continued its work on June 13, 2009 at the home of Katie Sherrod. more...

June 13, 2009 - San Joaquin invites departed parishes to discuss returning property
In the Diocese of San Joaquin, letters have been sent to nine parishes in the diocese inviting the leaders of the parishes to arrange the transition of all properties and assets back to the Episcopal Church. more...

July 6, 2009 - Additions to Loan Closet
Dolly Bush meets with Bp. McAlpine of the Diocese of Connecticut to receive more items for our loan closet. more...

June 3, 2009 - Chapel sanctuary in Kentucky named for Bp. Gulick
To honor Bp. Gulick's tenure as bishop of the Diocese of Kentucky, the sanctuary of St. Luke's Chapel, part of The Episcopal Church Home complex in Louisville, is named for him. more...

June 3, 2009 - Good News Abounds
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth announces several pieces of good news. more...

May 29, 2009 - Bishop Gulick sends letters to clergy who left the Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr., provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has sent letters to those 72 members of the clergy of the diocese who joined with former Bishop Jack Iker in choosing to leave the Episcopal Church and realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. more...

May 29, 2009 - CareForTheTroops offers resources for congregations, clergy, individuals for returning troops and families
A thoughtful discussion among a group of Episcopalians has developed into a program for congregations, clergy and individuals to help military families and troops returning from war areas. more...

May 28, 2009 - Integrity Board treats our bishop to dinner
On Thursday, May 28, the Board of Integrity Fort Worth celebrated Bishop Gulick's ministry as Provisional Bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese by treating him to dinner at Joe T. Garcia's Restaurant. more...

May 23, 2009 - St. Simon of Cyrene hosts third annual Prayer Breakfast
The Episcopal Church Women of St. Simon of Cyrene hosted their third annual Prayer Breakfast at St. Christopher Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 23. more...

May 16, 2009 - The First 100 Days
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth reorganized on Feb. 7. As we near the first 100 days since then, it is a good time to review events. more...

May 16, 2009 - Commission on Ministry identifies ordination candidate characteristics
Bishop Ted Gulick met with the Commission on Ministry on Saturday, May 16. They discussed the characteristics they will be looking for in candidates for ordination. more...

May 12, 2009 - Diocese receives letter from the House of Bishops
Our diocese has received a letter written on behalf of the 126 bishops gathered for a House of Bishops meeting that took place in March. In it they send us their "deepest and heartfelt greetings" and share with us that "the bishops of the Episcopal Church stand shoulder to shoulder with" us. more...

May 9, 2009 - ECW Meeting
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Reorganizing Committee continues its work. more...

May 2, 2009 - Diocesan Altar Guild meets at Trinity
Area Altar guild members, led by Dolly Bush, share their stories. more...

April 19, 2009 - Celebrating the Full Ministries of Women
The Rev. Babs Marie Meairs visits The Episcopal Church in Parker County more...

April 9, 2009 - News from our historiographer
Our historiographer, David Leedy, reports that the Archives of the (continuing) Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth are open in space provided by All Saints Episcopal Church. more...

April 6, 2009 - Area clergy renew ordination vows
On Monday April 6, the bishop, the priests and the deacons of the diocese renewed their ordination vows during a warmly intimate service attended by several lay people at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. more...

April 4, 2009 - The Bishop's Texas Crosier
Bishop Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr. has two dioceses, but until last week, only one crosier, which he left in Kentucky when he traveled to Fort Worth. more...

March 26, 2009 - Brite Divinity School at TCU will add Episcopal Studies Program in fall 2009
Brite Divinity School has announced the establishment of an Episcopal Studies Program rooted in classical Anglican tradition. The Episcopal Studies Program will begin on Aug. 24 with the opening of the fall 2009 semester. more...

March 24, 2009 - Statement Regarding El Paso County District Court Ruling
The Bishop and Diocese of Colorado, and the more than 500 members of Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church rejoice that the members of the Episcopal parish will be returning to their church home. more...

February 7, 2009 - Recap of Special Meeting
Read all about the glorious day spent reorganizing our diocese. more...


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