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Seeking the Welfare of the City of Dallas since 1857—Jeremiah 29:7

News and NotesMay 2015
The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Bishop Election

The Rev. Canon George Sumner was chosen bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas on the fourth ballot during the Special Convention on Saturday, May 16, 2015, held at the Episcopal School of Dallas  after receiving 77 votes from clergy and 107 votes from laity. 

Sumner, age 60, is currently the Principal (President) of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. He has served as a youth minister, missionary teacher in East Africa, curate in an inner-city Anglo-catholic parish, vicar on a native American reservation in New Mexico, and rector in a parish in a small town.

A native of Boston, Canon Sumner  received his B.A. from Harvard, and M.Div. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is married to Stephanie, a psychotherapist, and the Sumners have two children, a daughter 26 and a son 18.

The next steps are that Canon Sumner will need to receive the consents of a majority of Bishops with Jurisdiction (diocesan bishops) and Standing Committees. Consents having been received and God willing, Canon Sumner will be consecrated as the 7th Bishop of Dallas at the Annual Convention on Saturday, November 14, 2015. He will then be enthroned at St. Matthew's Cathedral on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the 10:30 service.

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.

Adult Education 
Video Series: "Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man." The strange and wonderful words of Jesus of Nazareth set up a drama that will culminate in a surprising battle between two kings, and in the wake of this conflict, an empire will be defeated – and the world will be changed. You're invited to come learn more about Jesus--who he is and what he's accomplished. Facilitated by Fr. Miller. Great Hall, Stage End.

Parenting Class
New session of the Parenting Class at 9:30 in Room 204  in Garrett Hall. This class uses the ARK or Adults Relating to Children program for Christian Parents. The foundation of this program is unconditional love received by God and shared with each other. Topics for this session are, “Convening a Family Meeting, Setting Boundaries, Avoiding Over-Reaction, Instilling Responsibility, Focusing on Communication and Handling Sibling Fighting.” For more information contact Varita at 

Special Offering for Nepal
Special Offering for Nepal — The Cathedral is collecting contributions for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.  Checks should be made payable to St. Matthew’s, noting “Nepal” in the memo section.  Contributions will be sent to Episcopal Relief & Development to aid in the Nepal relief effort.
Summer in the City Dinners Needed
Each year the Cathedral is host to youth groups from around the Diocese for an inner city youth mission. This year SITC begins June 14 and goes thru July 31. Please sign up to bring dinner to the youth during the summer. Dinner is served at 5:30 and there will be between 10-20 people. A firm count will be given as the teams arrive each week. Sign-up in the foyer. Contact Varita Michell for more information at

Parish Work Day
Parish Work Day, Saturday, June 13, 8 –11 a.m. — We will have a Parish Work Day on Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Volunteers can sign up in the foyer of the Great Hall after each Sunday service.  Questions?  Contact David Pinson, our Junior Warden, at or talk to the Dean.

Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social, June 13, 2-4 p.m. — Blue Bell withdrawal making you blue? St. Monica's Guild has a fix for you.  Please join us in the Great Hall Saturday, June 13, from 2-4 p.m. for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social.  Adults - $6, children under 10 - $3 

Peru Mission Celebration Dinner
Peru Mission Celebration Dinner, Sunday, June 7, 6 p.m. — The parish is invited to a dinner Sunday, June 7 at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall to celebrate the mission to Peru. Come see and hear about what God has done!

Peru Mission Prayer Team.  One of the most important ways we support those who are going to Peru to witness Christ’s love is to pray for them. The Prayer Team members are given information and prayer requests from the Mission Team members. We pray at home each day, starting as they are preparing for their trip until they return safely home. If you would like your name added to the Prayer Team, please let Deacon Diana or Fr. Tony know. You can contact us at or or simply speak to us. Thank you.

New Parish Directory
The Cathedral is planning to publish an updated directory of names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of members and associates of the Cathedral community. If you do not want any part of your contact information published, please notify Peggy Dickson at

Reception for Departing Staff
Reception for Michie Akin, Varita Michell, and Damin Spritzer, May 31 — We will honor Michie, Varita, and Damin with an appreciation reception following the 10:30 service on May 31.

Good for your Soul
"Hail Thee, Festival Day" This version is for Easter. None of the Pentecost versions was worth linking to. It suffices to get you ready for Pentecost. Magnificent Anglican Hymn. Here is a nice discussion of the hymn by a professor at Perkins Seminary. 

And here is a clip on the Day of Pentecost from the NBC series A.D. (Dean Michell) 


Our Mission

The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer says that the mission of the Church is to reconcile all people to God and one another through Christ.

This is also the mission of the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew. All aspects of the Cathedral's life seek to make the love and compassion of Jesus Christ known to all and to seek reconciliation among all people.

The three words that hold us together are Christ + Community + Compassion. These express our core values. We want to make Christ known to all. We also want to live as a community of compassion to one another and to the world around us, specifically to the East Dallas community.

While we have services in English and Spanish, we strive to be one congregation of diverse people. We believe there is room for all people in God's family and we welcome all to our community.

As the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Dallas, we are also the "Bishop's Church." St Matthew's is the oldest Episcopal Congregation in North Texas, and was the first church during the formation of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Bishop Garrett named St. Matthew's as his Cathedral in 1875 and we continue to be one of the leading congregations of this vital and healthy diocesan community. We host many diocesan events, and we offer the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation. This intensive center for study prepares diocesan deacons for ordination, and provides for in depth theological education for lay leadership of the Diocese.

The Cathedral Church contains some of the most beautiful stained glass and art work of any Texas churches. While we believe the Cathedral itself is a beautiful and holy place, we also strive to be an alive Christian Community of Sacrament and Word in the Catholic expression of the Episcopal Church. Join us for worship, fellowship, and service.


Sunday Services
      with Holy Communion

8 a.m. — Traditional Holy Eucharist (Rite 1 with music)

9 a.m. -  Breakfast - "Best Breakfast in Town" 

9:30 a.m. — Adult Class

10:30 a.m. — Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Full Choral

12:30 p.m. — Santa Eucarista (Spanish)

Workday Services

8:30 a.m.   — Morning Prayer

6 p.m.  — Evening Prayer

10 a.m. — Holy Communion

10 a.m. — Holy Communion and Healing Prayer

5:30 p.m. — Centering Prayer

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