St. Vincent’s Cathedral is located in Bedford, Texas, and is a warm, friendly, and active Christian community that is centered in traditional worship and discipleship grounded in the catholic faith. The parish is in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, in the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, and in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). It is also an affiliate parish of the American Anglican Council (AAC) and a Member Congregation in Forward in Faith North America (FIFNA). The Very Rev. Ryan S. Reed, SSC, is Dean of the Cathedral.
St. Vincent’s Church was established in 1955 as a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas in Euless, Texas, with only 17 members. The church was named after St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and first Martyr of Spain who died in 304 on January 22, which now is his feast day. By 1960, the congregation had grown to 129 members and St. Vincent’s became a self-supporting parish. In 1983, an administrative division of the increasingly large Episcopal Diocese of Dallas created the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and St. Vincent’s Church became a member of the newly created diocese. The original church was located on Pipeline Road in Euless in order to serve the communities of Hurst, Bedford, and Euless. The property for the present location was purchased in 1964 and is within a mile of the original site. In November of 1989, the Church, St. Mary’s Chapel with Columbarium, the Parish Hall, and St. Vincent’s School was dedicated by The Rt. Rev. Clarence C. Pope, Bishop II of Fort Worth. On December 21, 2007, the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, SSC, Bishop III of Fort Worth, designated St. Vincent’s as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Fort Worth. The latest Parochial Report has 725 communicants and 945 active members on the rolls.
The Cathedral Parish of St. Vincent was the site of the Inaugural Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America from June 22-25, 2009. On June 23, 2009, the ACNA was officially constituted at St. Vincent’s Cathedral. Additionally, the parish has hosted numerous diocesan conventions and events, as well as many nation-wide events and committee meetings.
The congregation of St. Vincent’s Cathedral is committed to carrying out the Great Commission by calling people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and by teaching people to obey all that He commands. They are also committed to reflecting the love of God to those around them and to serving all who are in need.
St. Vincent’s is well-known in the diocese and surrounding area for its outreach programs, its catholic liturgy, and its music program. The church is home to The Redman Organ, Opus 4/59/66/87. The organ was originally designed and built for St. Vincent’s Church in 1971 by Roy Redman of the Redman Organ Company of Fort Worth, with the assistance of several of St. Vincent’s parishioners. It was the first pipe organ in the Mid-Cities area of Tarrant County, and is one of only a handful of mechanical-action organs in Texas and surrounding states. The organ was revised and expanded in 1989, 1994, and 2007. The completed organ has 39 stops and 51 ranks of pipes. The acoustic design of the nave has lent itself to being a great stage for musical settings of the Mass, as well as numerous community concerts, recitals, and programs. The Cathedral Choir is well-known for its dedication to the performance of music of the highest Christian inspiration, from early plainsong to the present day.
The Cathedral’s outreach and mission programs provide opportunities for its parishioners to become involved in numerous community programs, which have included Adopt-A-Family, Habitat for Humanity, hosting parties at Bishop Davies Nursing Home, the Angel of Giving program which provides Christmas for needy families, Family Festival (begun in the 1970’s), Kairos Prison Ministry, Union Gospel Mission, a Vision Clinic for under-privileged children, and Vacation Bible School for both children and adults. Its mission teams have been to Cambodia, Northern Malawi, and Northern Mexico. The parish has a long-term relationship with La Gran Familia Orphanage in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition, the youth have made mission trips to Joplin, Missouri, in July of 2011 to assist with cleanup from the tornado earlier in the year, and to St. Gabriel’s Church in Springdale, Arkansas, in August 2013 to conduct Vacation Bible School.
The Cathedral has operated St. Vincent’s School since 1963 and now educates students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this school year, the school is dedicated to academic excellence in Christian surroundings and has educated future leaders and helped them develop strong minds, good moral character, creative abilities, and the skills to help them reach their potential. The school welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. Every day students encounter the Good News of Jesus Christ in morning chapel. While participating in chapel, students hear readings from Holy Scripture, sing hymns of praise to God, receive religious instruction from our clergy and lay ministers, and develop a custom of daily prayer.
The parish is guided in all they do by their parish mission statement: To Make Jesus Christ Known in All That We Do.