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.
The Search Committee will present a slate of nominees for bishop, not less than four and no more than seven, to the Standing Committee by February 1, 2015. Included with the slate will be each nominee’s photograph, biographical information, and written responses to questions.
The Standing Committee asks the Search Committee to keep in mind the heritage of our diocese and the legacy of the six bishops who have faithfully served us in the past. We are a Catholically-minded diocese, committed to sacramental ministry, the Apostolic Tradition, and grateful for the Christian theological and moral vision that we have inherited.We are an evangelistically-minded diocese, with our allegiance to Scripture and our commitment to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to all people. The values and priorities of the candidates chosen for the slate should reflect these deep commitments, originally brought to the frontier by Bishop Charles Alexander Garrett and still definitive of our diocese today.
The Standing Committee further commends the selection of nominees whose experience and manner of life especially commend them to the office of Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas: years of experience in Holy Orders, living by a Rule of Life built around Scripture and prayer, an ecclesiology that understands the diocese as the basic unit of the Church, a solid understanding of the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, a demonstrated commitment to marriage and the sanctity of life, a commitment to the Anglican Communion and preserving our longstanding relationships with Anglican Christians around the world.
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:
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.
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.