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Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:32

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Iraq

Sunday, August 17

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe Sunday, August 17, as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East living in fear of their lives, livelihoods, and ways of living and believing

Her call for prayer is in response to violence in Iraq that has included the slaying of Christians, Yazidis, and other Iraqi religious minorities; the destruction and looting of churches, homes, and places of business; and the displacement of thousands under the threat of death.

“Pray that all God’s children might live in hope of the world of peace for which we were created,” she said.

The following collect, which may be used as part of the Prayers of the People or elsewhere in the liturgy, appears on page 815 of the Book of Common Prayer:

Eternal God, 
in whose perfect kingdom 
no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, 
no strength known but the strength of love: 
So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, 
That all peoples may be gathered 
under the banner of the Prince of Peace, 
as children of one Father; 
to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Questions about how best to support the Christian community of Iraq may be directed to the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Middle East Partnership Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:55

Interim Canon to the Ordinary

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. 

Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:20

Bishop Search Committee

The Executive Council and Standing Committee appointed the following members to the Bishop Search Committee.  Additional communications about the search effort will be released once the committee gets organized.


Bill Cavanaugh -- Epiphany, Richardson

David Faulkner  -- St. James, Texarkana

Amy Heller -- ESD/Transfiguration

Ed Monk -- St. John’s, Corsicana

Jerry Morriss  -- St. James, Kemp

Tony Munoz -- St. Matthew’s, Dallas

Betsy Randall  -- Epiphany, Richardson

Craig Reed  -- St. Andrews, Farmer’s Branch

Phil Snyder  -- Trinity, Dallas

Greg Pickens  -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas



Chris Ayers -- Transfiguration

Kalita Beck-Blessing -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas

Gary Brown  -- Incarnation, Dallas

Stuart Bush  -- Incarnation, Dallas

Robert Hulsey  -- St. Andrews, McKinney

Jolayne Lacour  -- St. David of Wales, Denton

Bill McGannon  -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas

Jim Riggert  -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas

Matt Stroud  -- St. Nicholas, Flower Mound

Lee Spence -- St. Dunstan’s, Mineola

Father Bob Johnston was designated by the Standing Committee to serve as Chairman of the Committee.

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