Karen Calafat named dean of Fort Worth Convocation

Karen Calafat named dean of Fort Worth Convocation

Bishop Andy Doyle has named the Rev. Karen Calafat, rector of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, as dean of the Fort Worth Convocation.

The Rev. Karen Calafat

From the Reunion 2022.org website:


A larger geographical entity within the Diocese of Texas is called a convocation. It is geographic and usually includes one metropolitan area with surrounding counties. The Diocese of Texas has ten convocations, the head of which, nominated by the bishop and elected by council, is called the dean. The dean arranges meetings of the convocational clergy to provide fellowship, continuing education, communication, planning and moral support for clergy and their families and to gather lay members to share ideas and projects. Deans are ex-officio members of the Executive Board of the Diocese.

Bishop Mayer will assist in appointing a dean of the Fort Worth Convocation. This dean will work with the other deans of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to convene clergy and assist with communication to the clergy. The dean will be invited to represent the clericus at the December Executive Board Meeting with the other deans. The dean may attend whenever possible. This will facilitate representation and participation in the emerging common life in the Diocese of Texas.

Calafat just celebrated her 8th anniversary as rector of St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church. She also is chaplain for the 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry. In September she returned from a Sabbatical during which she walked the El Camino de Santiago. Karen served as president of the Standing Committee for two years and as a member of the Mission and Outreach Committee.  In 2021 St. Luke’s was among the congregations who lost their buildings in litigation related to the 2008 schism. She guided St. Luke’s through a process that simultaneously dealt with their grief and anger while also planning for their future as a worshiping community and as part of the 4Saints food ministry.  She is a member of the Mayor of Fort Worth’s Faith Cabinet and active in the Circle of Clergy whose mission is racial justice and unity in Fort Worth.  Karen is a certified Spiritual Director who enjoys facilitating retreats.  Karen has two young adult children, Nicholas and Emily, who is newly wed to Ty, a great son-in-law. An avid hiker and traveler, she enjoys needlepoint and spending time with family and friends.