Bishop Paul Lambert is in Taipei, Taiwan for the Fall 2014 House of Bishop's meeting:
After flying for nearly 17 hours, I arrived safely in Taipei. I flew on China Air and was very pleased with the professional service and attention. I would fly them again anytime! We checked into the Grand Hotel with no probelm. The folks here are very hospitable and accommodating. It's challenging to get used to the time change. It's almost midnight here on Tuesday while it's 4 p.m. in Dallas, yesterday! Go figure. I am off to bed to try and sleep (good luck with that one) as we have a 10 a.m. start time for our meeting. I will try to write more tomorrow. God bless one and all.
Join the 13th Annual Bishop's Camp Charity Golf Classic on Sept. 29, at Thorntree Country Club in DeSoto to raise money to support the Bishop's Camp summer literacy program. The camp provides seven weeks of summer day camp at no charge to participants for inner-city youth.
Camp activities include reading, math, science, art, music and sports. Volunteers spend time reading with each child every day to help them maintain reading skills over teh summer break so they are on-track when returning to school in the fall.
Go here for more information.
Exhibitor applications are now available for organizations and vendors interested in exhibiting at The Episcopal Church's 78th General Convention scheduled for June 25-July 3, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).
The Episcopal Church's General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It is comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay representative elected from teh 100 doiceses of the Church, at more than 800 members.
Exhibitor applications are available here.
O LORD, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Diocese of Dallas is called at this time to choose its seventh diocesan bishop, an occasion that requires concerted prayer, deep reflection, and careful discernment on behalf of all members of our diocese. The Standing Committee has called for the election of a bishop on or around May 16, 2015. The following is the Standing Committee’s charge to the Search Committee in which specific expectations and duties are set forth.
Bishop Paul Lambert has appointed Rene Somodevilla to serve as interim canon to the ordinary for the Diocese of Dallas.
"Canon Rene comes to us with many years of pastoral care experience both as a parish priest and as a canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of West Tennessee," Bishop Lambert said. "He is also a son of the Dallas diocese having served 12 years as rector at St. Barnabas in Garland. Canon Rene also served with me as well on the nominating committee for the 6th bishop of Dallas."
Canon Somodevilla said he looks forward to helping with clergy development, clergy deployment, clergy wellness, the process for ordination and any other task assigned by the bishop.
"I will work with the Commission on Ministry as it continues its work, guide those who feel they have the calling and help to make the best use of their gifts as possible," he said.
Canon Somodevilla said he will also work with the bishop to develop clergy growth by organizing conferences and retreats.
"I pray the clergy will welcome him and draw upon his skills and expertise during this time," Bishop Lambert said.
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A Prayer for the Diocese
O Lord, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen.