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What’s a bishop to do?

What’s a bishop to do?

The Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey was visiting a church in Fort Worth when the Lay Eucharistic Minister’s dog took over the bishop’s chair. How did the bishop react? Photos follow:



The church is awaiting return of it’s property but in the meantime growing in numbers and Spirit.


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I know it’s very hip to bring dogs to services at some Episcopal churches, but it seems like a bad idea. It’s been my experience that dog people often make the assumption that everyone loves dogs as much as they do. Not only is not everybody a dog person, but some people are afraid of dogs, while others are allergic. If I were such a person, I’m not sure how much I’d agree with the “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!” tag line.

Bill Dilworth

Betty Bessler

I might have to come visit All Saints…Really enjoyed the photos! Betty Bessler, Redeemer, Irving


The Bishop showed his true humanity, and that he has his priorities just right, when he allowed Boy to stay put in the “comfy” chair and sat himself in the plastic one.

Sarah Ridgway


Aw! What a nice Boy (dog looks very sweet, too! 😉 ).

JC Fisher

Ann Fontaine

From Facebook comments:

Dog is named BOY. He comes regularly to our parish each Sunday (All Saints Episcopal in Wichita Falls, TX. ) Bishop Hulsey found his presence amusing but told us we cannot count Boy nor any of his dog friends in listing numbers present.Boy usually simply sits still after he marches around the room passing the peace.Last Sunday as soon as Bishop Hulsey stood up to preach, Boy took over his chair.

Owanah Anderson

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