"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, September 15, 2010

Third Anniversary Party

Last night, the feast of the Holy Cross, marked the third anniversary of my ordination as a presbyter in Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. It has been an astonishing three years. There have been so many people in the parish of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church, and especially at St. Vincent's School, who have played a crucial role in my growth as a priest.

Last night I hosted a dinner party to which I invited a number of the SVS students and alumni who have played an extraordinary role in my development as a teacher over the last seven years and as chaplain to the school over the last three years. While a few of those wonderful students have moved away and others were unable to attend last night due to athletic commitments at their present high schools, the majority of those kids I credit with playing a pivotal role in making me the priest and teacher that I am today honored me and humbled me by giving up their time to come and help me celebrate.

It has been a long time since I have been this happy, surrounded by so many of my "best and brightest." Thank you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for all you have done for me as a minister and a person. Thank you for allowing me to continue to play a small role in your lives. And thank you to their wonderful parents for all their support. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

And most importantly, I thank our Lord Jesus Christ for allowing me to serve Him in such a marvelous church and school community. I am truly blessed!


Blogger Tregonsee said...

Congratulations, and many more to come!

The ACNA church I attend, in addtion to two formerly TEC priests, has a REC deacon who will be ordained next week at a REC synod. We surely live in interesting times.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Texanglican (R.W. Foster+) said...

Thanks! Bishop Sutton of the REC is a frequent visitor and preacher at the cathedral of the diocese of Fort Worth. In fact, next week the school at Holy Communion REC, Dallas, and St. Vincent's School are going to hold a meeting co-coordinating our admissions policies. Bishop Sutton will be there.
May the Lord hasten the day when the orthodox Anglican alphabet soup will be truly irrelevant! While I know there are gainsayers out there I, for one, feel the Anglican Church in North America has a bright future!

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my...I hope that the students or parents you didn't invite, or refer to as your "best and brightest" don't read your blog!

1:27 AM  
Blogger Texanglican (R.W. Foster+) said...

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6:04 PM  
Blogger Texanglican (R.W. Foster+) said...

Well, the question of who the "best and brightest" religion students has always been is pretty public, anon. We have an Eagle Award (formerly the Letter V Award) in Religion for each grade level in Middle School that is publicly presented each year at the year end awards ceremony so the identity of the top religion students are known to the entire school community. I simply invited the kids who have won that award twice or who received the Letter V/Eagle Award once and a Fifth Grade Bible Essay Award (hence the guest list was created by a purely objective standard). I couldn't very well afford to pay for dinner for every student I have taught! I think folks would understand that sadly I had to limit the guest list to under a dozen students as the dinner tab was coming out of a humble junior priest/teacher's pay!

6:08 PM  

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