Monday, August 10, 2009
One Lord, One Faith, One Hope.
After church this past Sunday, the family and I went to the convention center in Fort Worth to join the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth in their festive Mass to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of their diocese.
Bishop Kevin Vann graciously invited Bishop Iker and the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth to vest and process with their clergy in the celebration. Here we are lined up next to the Knights of Columbus, waiting to process into the arena.
At the offertory, the priests of the (Anglican) Catholic Clerical Union presented Bishop Vann and his diocese with a hand-written icon of St Michael the Archangel on behalf of our diocese. He kindly acknowledged both our presence and our gift at the end of the Mass.
Everyone at the event was very kind. Many of the people there, priests and laity, stopped to say hello and welcome us. Maddy was a big hit too, as always. On our way to the parking lot, she even got a smile and a wave from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, as he scurried off to catch a plane to old Chicago.
Best wishes to the people of the diocese; thank you for your friendship. May God truly bless you and may God multiply our fellowship and our (yet to be fully realized) bonds of communion. May we grow to be one in the Lord, one in faith, and one in hope.