Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, heir and steward of the legacy of generations of
faithful Episcopalians, has this day brought suit to recover that legacy. We deeply regret
that the decisions and actions of former diocesan leaders have brought us to this difficult
Even before 1850 when this area was part of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, faithful
Episcopalians were preaching the saving gospel of Jesus Christ as part of the Episcopal
Church in North Texas. After the General Convention created our diocese in 1982, that
work continued. Today we, with our Presiding Bishop, remain committed to preaching
the gospel as we celebrate the sacraments, care for those in need, and strive for justice
and peace. This litigation is designed to move quickly to confirm the historical right of
Episcopalians to lead the diocese as stewards of its property as we in humility and hope
continue the mission of the Episcopal Church here.
Please pray for patience while the legal proceedings go forward. These first steps are
crucial in confirming the continuing diocese’s unbroken historic connection with the
Episcopal Church and the church property. We will then proceed to deal more directly to
recover and restore specific parish property. Be assured, however, both the Presiding
Bishop and I are aware of your pain and frustration, as well as being committed to
addressing your local concerns thoroughly.
We bid the prayers of all faithful Episcopalians and other Christians as we protect our
legacy and fulfill the trust and dreams of those who have gone before.
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or
imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus
forever and ever. Amen.
The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick, Jr., D.D.
Bishop of Kentucky and Provisional Bishop of Fort Worth
April 14, 2009