Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese (below) is a listing of all upcoming events that are sponsored by the departments and ministries of the Diocese of West Texas. Online registration, if available, is noted.

Church Events

The Church Events page lists all upcoming events at our various churches, schools, and other agencies of interest. Contacts and links for more information are listed.

Monthly Calendar

The Monthly Calendar allows the viewer to see diocesan events during the specified month. A click on each event will lead to more information.


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Abundant Living Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
February 12-14

The third annual Abundant Living Retreat: Celebrate the Journey will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Monday-Wednesday, February 12-14. This conference is an opportunity for older adults to have a fun-filled retreat and to reflect on living fully into the golden years. Experts will guide participants in reflection and activities. Delicious meals provided by Kathy and her crew. The cost for the retreat is $245 for double occupancy and $315 for single occupancy. A day rate of $90 is available for those who live close to the conference center. Register through the link above or contact Lynn Corby, 361-749-1800.

Diocesan Council 2018
February 22-24
San Marcos
The 114th Diocesan Council will convene on Thursday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos (1001 E. McCarty, 78666). Diocesan Council will conclude at noon on Saturday, February 24. Host churches this year are: St. Margaret's, San Antonio; St. Andrew's, Seguin; and Resurrection, Windcrest. Watch for developing details on the Council website at

Youth In Action 2018
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Marcos
February 23-25
Youth In Action (Feb. 23-25) is entering its ninth year of service. Like Diocesan Council, this event has become a time of reunion, renewal, and youth business. That business is joining us and reaching out to our community in love, as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Online registration is open through February 16th. Each church must send at least 1 adult sponsor (who is not attending Council) per 5 youth participants. For more information and to sign up, click here or visit the Council 2018 website:

DWTX Softball
Dellview Park, San Antonio
February 25-May 6, Sundays
DWTX Episcopal Coed Recreational Softball will play its 35th season on Sunday afternoons between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. beginning Sunday, February 25, to Sunday, May 6 (five games before Easter and five games after Easter - no games on Easter Sunday, April 1). This is a recreational league, so great athletes are not required. If you're looking for competitive, "city league"-type play, this is not it. We make allowances for all skill levels, because anyone who shows up and wants to play, gets to play. We play at Dellview Park near Vance Jackson and 410 in San Antonio. We also plan to have a couple of hot dog cookouts during the season. For more info contact the "Commissioner," Steve Rogers, at or call 210-601-2787. Get more info on Facebook.

Visit from Presiding Bishop Curry
Coastal Bend and Eastern Convocation
February 28
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will make a visit to the Diocese of West Texas to tour the areas of our diocese affected by Hurricane Harvey. Bishop Curry will arrive in San Antonio on Tuesday, February 27, and he will spend the entire day on Wednesday, February 28, traveling around the Coastal Bend and the Eastern Convocation with Bishop Reed, Bishop Brooke-Davidson, Jennifer Wickham (Bishop’s Deputy for Disaster Recovery), and others to see the churches and sites of the devastation. He returns home on Thursday, March 1. Read more about his visit here.

Food for the Soul
Mustang Island Conference Center
March 2-4
The annual Food for the Soul retreat will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. Food for the Soul is a gathering for Christian hospitality with food, fun, and fellowship. Prepare, serve, and enjoy meals together in a holy place in God's coastal creation. The Rev. Lisa Mason from St. David's, San Antonio, will serve as chaplain. Cost per person is $260 for double occupancy and $310 for single occupancy. Register online through the link above. Questions? Contact our registrar, Lynn Corby at the conference center.

Happening #139
St. John's, New Braunfels
March 2-4
Happening is a spiritual renewal weekend for youth in grades 10-12, led by their peers. The cost is $50 and scholarships are available. See more information on Happening and the registration link at

Harvey Relief Opportunity
St. Peter's, Rockport
March 10
Volunteers are needed to host a "Community Connection" event at St. Peter's, Rockport, on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity for community members to connect with one another and share resources. There will be information booths, food, and a variety of activities. Childcare will be provided. The goal is to provide most of the event planning and volunteer support from outside of St. Peter's, so those parishioners may participate as Rockport community members. Please share, and let Gayle Gottlich know of your interest in planning and/or volunteering on March 10 at If successful, similar events could follow in Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Victoria, Corpus Christi, and Refugio.

Community of Hope Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
March 10-11
The annual Community of Hope Retreat, hosted by Christ Church, San Antonio, will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11. The Rev. Dr. Jack Sheffield, an Episcopal priest, and his wife, Anna Maria, who both lead the ministry of Christ Healing Center in San Antonio, will serve as the speakers. Part of their ministry is to train lay people to offer prayer in the chapels of area hospitals with the invitation and support of the administrators and chaplains. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday before lunch. Cost is $150 for double occupancy or overnight and meals. If you choose to stay Friday night, the cost is $250. To register or for more information, contact Carol Miller at Christ Church, 210-736-3132, or the Rev. Eric Fenton. See the schedule and a list of items to bring on the flyer.

Cursillo #278
Camp Capers
March 15-18

Cursillo #258 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, March 15-18. Cursillo is a spiritual retreat weekend that gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others in their everyday environments. You can learn more about Cursillo here. The Rectora for the weekend is Rosine Carter from Annunciation, Luling, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Bur Dobbins from St. Barnabas, Fredericksburg. Register online through the link above, or print the application here.

New Beginnings
Trinity, Victoria
April 13-15
The fourth New Beginnings retreat for middle school youth (6th-8th grades) will be held Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Victoria. This unique weekend addresses the issues, concerns, and needs of young people in 6th to 8th grade, with the goal of helping participants grow in their love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and subsequently, themselves. The cost for the weekend is $50. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Mary Hayden Manning. Staff training will be held on Saturday, April 7, also at Trinity. Registration is open online.

The Good, the True, the Beautiful: Spirituality and Creativity
The Bishop's Spring Retreat at Camp Capers
April 13-15
Focused on creativity, the arts, and a life in the Spirit, The Good, the True, the Beautiful retreat will welcome the Rev. Becca Stevens back to the diocese, as well as her husband, Marcus Hummon, to Camp Capers, Friday-Sunday, April 13-15. All are invited to retreat for a weekend of creative activities that will lead to the culmination of worship centered on the Walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-53) and being in the presence of Christ. Becca, founder of Thistle Farms, and Marcus, a Grammy award-winning songwriter and artist, will lead plenary sessions, as well as workshops. Other workshops will be offered, as well, with topics such as collage making, lettering, pottery, creative writing and journaling, photography, cooking, and music. There will be time for rest and reflection and guided time together for nature walks, star gazing, and a bonfire. Registration and cost information to come; but save the date now for this first Bishop's Spring Retreat that is sure to be a treat for all who attend.

Nails and Prayers - Mens' Retreat
Camp Capers
April 20 - 22
Gather for worship, fellowship, teaching, and the opportunity to give back to camp as we prepare for the summer season. There will be a variety of projects involving different levels of physical labor and construction expertise. Bring your work gloves, any tools you may want, and a servant’s heart. Contact Jamie Read, Camp Capers' Office Manager for more information.

Discovering Wholeness Retreat
Camp Capers
April 22 - 27
Another Discovering Wholeness Retreat will be held at Camp Capers, Sunday through Friday, April 22 - 27. This is a retreat community that provides a safe place to become acquainted with your whole self by learning about the structure of psyche and exploring complexes and archetypes. The retreat format is a balance of teaching, individual time, small group work, and recreation. The retreat costs are $1600 for single occupancy or $1500 for double occupancy. (Early registration discount through February 15th: single occupancy, $1500 and double occupancy, $1400). Learn more and register here.

Spring Women's Gathering
Camp Capers
April 27-29

The Commission for Women's Ministry presents the Spring Women's Gathering at Camp Capers Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, this year entitled "Finding Joy as Spiritual Practice." Leaders for the weekend are the women of Church of the Holy Spirit, Dripping Springs. At the gathering, women will focus on joy itself as a spiritual practice and consider the joy already present in current spiritual practices, such as prayer, journaling, and exercise, just to name a few. The cost includes all meals and materials and is $165 for the weekend in a cabin or $245 for the weekend in the lodge, double occupancy. Follow the link above to register online; and scholarships are available. With questions, contact Marjorie George at

Bishop's Valley Golf Classic
April 28
Rancho Viejo Country Club
Returning for a 2nd year, this fundraiser benefits the diocesan Vital University Missions program on Rio Grande Valley campuses. The tournament fee is $150 per golfer, with several sponsorship levels too. Click here for printable registration form and flyer. Online registration opens after February 1st. Email Mark Hagelberg with tournament questions or our Valley Regional Coordinator, Chelsea Mueller, for more information about Vital UM in the Valley. [10:30 - Check In, Practice Rounds, Box Lunch; 12:00 PM Shotgun start; 5:00 PM Awards Reception]  

2018 Summer Camp Season at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and Duncan Park starts May 31st!
Download all summer dates here or visit the Camps & Conferences page.

Cursillo #279
Mustang Island Conference Center
May 3-6

Cursillo #279 will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6. Cursillo is a spiritual retreat weekend that gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others in their everyday environments. You can learn more about Cursillo here. The Rectora for the weekend is Debbie Gardiner from St. Andrew's, San Antonio, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Nancy Springer, from St. Alban's, Harlingen. Follow the link above for online registration, or print the application here.

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
July 5-13
Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in Austin July 5-13. Bishops Reed and Brooke-Davidson and a deputation from the Diocese of West Texas will attend. A communication plan will be established soon.

"Reel Recovery" Retreat for Veterans
Camp Capers
September 21-23
A "Reel Recovery" Retreat will be held at Camp Capers, Friday-Sunday, September 21-23. This particular weekend is for male veterans only who are recovering from any form of cancer. Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that conducts free fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from all forms of cancer. Combining introductory fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations,” the organization offers a unique experience for men coping with cancer, a time to share their stories; learn a new skill, form friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of their recovery. All meals, lodging, and fly-fishing equipment are provided at no cost to the participants. Retreats are led by professional facilitators, and a maximum of 12-14 men are invited to participate. To apply online, call (800) 699-4490 or email You can also visit the website or contact Mike Emerson at (817) 894-7832.

"Fishing for the Poor" Retreat
October 19-21
Mustang Island Conference Center
The Order of Naucratius would like to invite you to attend “The Second Annual Fishing for the Hungry Retreat” at Mustang Island Camp and Conference Center, Friday-Sunday, October 19-21. This retreat will be a blending of fishing, prayer, great food, and even better fellowship. Fishing trips will be offered on the bay or shore side, and a fishing charter will be available to venture into the Gulf on Saturday. We ask that participants donate a portion of their catch to the Order of Naucratius, and we will see that the meat is delivered to the needy in our communities. The cost for the event is $325 for single occupancy and $275 for double occupancy and includes five meals, a fishing charter on the Gulf, and various other fishing or recreational options. Inquiries can be made to the Rev. Rob Harris at or the Rev. Rod Clark at Send registration checks to: The Order of Naucratius, care/of the Rev. Rod Clark, 2310 Stewart Road, Mission, Texas 78574.