"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

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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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

++ Venables is Coming to Fort Worth and will preach at St. Vincent's Cathedral!

To the clergy and 2008 convention delegates:

Archbishop Gregory Venables, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, has accepted an invitation from Bishop Iker to make a pastoral visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth during the first weekend of May. He will be accompanied by his wife, Sylvia.

On Friday, May 2, Archbishop Venables will meet with all the clergy of the Diocese at the Church of the Holy Apostles, and then on Saturday, May 3, he will address a specially-called Convocation of the 2008 convention delegates at St. Vincent’s Cathedral. The purpose of the convocation is to provide information: Archbishop Venables will answer questions from the delegates, but no legislation will be considered. On Sunday, May 4, Archbishop Venables will preach in the morning at the Cathedral, and on Sunday evening at St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Fort Worth. Question-and-answer forums will follow the services at both churches.

Archbishop Venables was born in England and grew up near Canterbury. After he and Sylvia were married in 1970, the two felt called to serve as lay missionaries in Paraguay, where they moved to in 1978, sponsored by the South American Mission Society (SAMS.) According to a biographical sketch in a recent issue of the San Joaquin Star, it was while serving in Paraguay that Archbishop Venables felt called to the ordained ministry, and he was ordained a priest in 1984. He was consecrated to serve as Auxiliary Bishop to Peru and Bolivia in 1993 and elected Presiding Bishop of the Province in 2001. He has also served as the Diocesan Bishop of Argentina since 2002, and he and Sylvia reside in Buenos Aires. They have a son, two daughters and two sons-in-law, all of whom are serving in ministry within South America.

The Diocese of Fort Worth is considering aligning with the Province of the Southern Cone, and this visit will help clarify the practicalities, benefits, and possible drawbacks of such a move.


Anonymous Jill C. said...

I know it will be a full house that day, otherwise we'd ask you to save us places in the peanut gallery while we drive over from a neighbouring diocese. ;)

(I hope there will be someone recording the event.)

9:22 AM  
Blogger texanglican said...

I am pretty sure we can squeeze people in. The ushers are pretty good at that. Come on anyway!

10:45 AM  
Blogger J. Gordon Anderson said...

He is a GREAT preacher and really nice guy.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randy - I don't have your current e-mail. Can you send it to me? I have something to forward from one of our Rice classmates that bounced back.

Thanks- Becky Jo

12:11 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

And I need a current e-mail, too! Mine is still mark at godknows99 dot com.

aka WannabeAnglican

10:51 AM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Hello, friends. I guess I forgot to update the address in my profile. My home address is


At school it is rfoster@sves.org

9:39 AM  

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