"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571
- Name: Texanglican (R.W. Foster+)
- Location: Bedford, Texas, United States
I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Prayer Requested for Schools
Saturday, August 23, 2008
St. Vincent's Cathedral Mystery Dinner
Ordination of Deacon Francesco Giordano
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Orthodox Anglican Pilgrimage to Israel, June 2009
While these details are still subject to change, this ten day trip should be a marvelous one. Do please contact Fr. Foster at St. Vincent's if you are interested in finding out more about our trip next June.
Fr. Randall Foster
St. Vincent's School
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
A STATEMENT BY BISHOP IKER
In response to that area newspaper report, Bishop Iker has issued the following statement:
I am aware of a meeting that four priests of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth have had with Bishop Kevin Vann of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on June 16, 2008. After a year of studying various agreed statements that have come out of ecumenical dialogues between Anglicans and Roman Catholics on the national and international level, these clergy expressed an interest in having a dialogue on the local level and asked my permission to make an appointment to talk with Bishop Vann. The stated goal of these official Anglican/Roman Catholic dialogues (which have been going on for over 40 years) has been full, visible unity between the two communions.
The priests who participated in this meeting with Bishop Vann have my trust and pastoral support. However, in their written and verbal reports, they have spoken only on their own behalf and out of their own concerns and perspective. They have not claimed to act or speak, nor have they been authorized to do so, either on behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth or on my own behalf as their Bishop.
Their discussion with Bishop Vann has no bearing upon matters coming before our Diocesan Convention in November, where a second vote will be taken on constitutional changes concerning our relationship with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. There is no proposal under consideration, either publicly or privately, for the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth to become part of the Roman Catholic Church. Our only plan of action remains as it has been for the past year, as affirmed by our Diocesan Convention in November 2007. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth intends to realign with an orthodox Province as a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
By God’s grace, we will continue to work and pray for the unity of the one holy catholic and apostolic church.
The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Good Shepherd, Granbury
Sadly, there is apparently a significant contingent of the "Remain Episcopal" organization active in the parish. It seems they are no longer participating in the worship life of their parish. ("Remain Episcopal" is a group of die-hard 815 loyalists who have pledged fidelity to the national denominational structure, no matter what atrocities it might endorse.) These pro-815 folks are now meeting elsewhere on Sundays for a service of Morning Prayer. I am just guessing, but it is likely that the Remain Episcopal group will attempt to set up an entirely separate entity if the diocese of Fort Worth votes to complete our separation from TEC in November. The number of worshippers present at Good Shepherd this morning was about thirty people fewer this morning than when I visited in early July. While a part of this decline in attendance was clearly due to families travelling before the summer ends, I was told that at least some of these absentees were at the alternative "Remain Episcopal" gathering. Very sad.
Just across the street from Good Shepherd is a curious site of historical interest. It is the grave of the widow of Davey Crockett, a hero of the battle of the Alamo. After her husband's death Mrs. Crockett was awarded a land grant by the Republic of Texas that today comprises the entirety of Somervell County. Her grave site, which is a fenced area approximately 20 feet by 20 feet, is actually its own official Texas State Park! Obviously, it is the smallest state park in the Lone Star State, perhaps in the nation!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Bishop Iker Writes His Clergy
GAFCON came along and so I was off to Jerusalem for that very important international meeting that lasted for a week. I am very encouraged by what came out of the GAFCON experience. The meeting itself, along with the pilgrimage aspect of visiting a number of holy places, was very inspirational and renewing. The Conference has offered a helpful and faithful vision for the future of Anglicanism, and I am excited that our diocese will be a part of it.
After a few days back in Fort Worth to catch up on bills and mail, we were off to Canterbury in early July for two-and-a-half weeks at the 14th Lambeth Conference of Bishops. I must say it was very different from the last Lambeth I had attended in 1998, which had been a big boost and blessing to me as a bishop. This one was an exercise in frustration, with long days of endless discussion and reports, in a carefully orchestrated and highly controlled agenda that would not allow for any decisions to be made. We met in a highly contentious time in the life of the Communion, which has been divided and torn as never before by actions of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in Canada. This was underscored by the absence of nearly 25% of the Bishops of the Communion, representing more than half of the entire membership of the Anglican Communion, who boycotted the conference as a protest against the failure of the Archbishop of Canterbury to follow through with proposed disciplinary measures. At the end of the day, nothing was decided or accomplished by way of settling the divisions. Instead, it was hoped that we might continue to work and talk together as the future unfolds.