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.

 

Around the Diocese 

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Clergy Spouse Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
September 23-25
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The annual clergy spouse retreat will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Friday-Sunday, September 23-25. This is a time for all clergy spouses to gather for rest, renewal, and fellowship. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and closes on Sunday after breakfast and Eucharist. Suggested registration fee is $150, but less is accepted and there is scholarship assistance, if needed. This retreat is underwritten by the bishops, so don't let the cost be a deterrent. For more information, contact Catherine Lillibridge or Patti Reed.

Invite-Welcome-Connect Conference
St. Luke's, San Antonio
September 24
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The diocesan Evangelism Department will host an Invite-Welcome-Connect Conference on Saturday, September 24, at St. Luke's, San Antonio, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The conference will be led by Mary Parmer, who created and developed Invite-Welcome-Connect in the Diocese of Texas and has now shared the newcomer ministry project with 37 Episcopal dioceses. In the last three years, clergy and lay leaders from congregations across the country have attended this dynamic training that includes assessment tools and creative and concrete resources to form an intentional newcomer ministry. Please register by following the link above. Cost for the day is $35, and that includes materials and lunch. Childcare will be available; if you need childcare, please contact Leigh Saunders, 888/210-824-5387.

Cursillo #273
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 6-9
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Cursillo #273 will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9. Cursillo is a three-day spiritual retreat that give participants the tools to share the joy of Christ with others. Learn more about Cursillo here. This weekend is designed especially for younger adults, ages 25-45. The Rectora for the weekend is Laurie Haney, and the Assistant Rectora is Heather Marks. Spiritual directors are the Rev. John Hardie (St. Mark's, Corpus Christi),  the Rev. Rob Harris (Christ Church, San Antonio), and the Rev. Nancy Springer (St. Alban's, Harlingen). Register through the link above.

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
October 9
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Women Clergy Gathering
Camp Capers
October 13
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Women clergy in the diocese are invited to Camp Capers the eve of the Fall Women's Gathering for a special event with Bishop Laura Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Connecticut, on Thursday, October 13. Bishop Ahrens will spend Thursday evening in casual conversation with women clergy and allow them the opportunity to come together from the far reaches of the diocese. The Commission for Women's Ministries will host this gathering but will not take part. Dinner at Camp Capers will begin at 6:00 p.m. Cost for the dinner and evening is $14, with an option to stay overnight in the lodge and have breakfast Friday morning ($89 for single occupancy and $79 for double occupancy). Cost can be handled individually because grant sources include the Valley Conference Fund and the Continuing Education Fund. Register for the dinner with Bishop Ahrens through the link above. Of course, women clergy are also invited to stay for the weekend at the Fall Women's Gathering, information found below.

Fall Women's Gathering
Camp Capers
October 14-16
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The annual Fall Women's Gathering at Camp Capers will be held Friday-Sunday, October 14-16. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and the retreat lasts through Sunday Eucharist. The topic for the weekend is "Deepening Discipleship - Affirming Apostleship," and the keynote speaker is Bishop Suffragan Laura Ahrens of the Diocese of Connecticut. We are formed by Christ, and we are sent out by Christ to carry His message of Good News. We are all disciples of Jesus, and we are all apostles of Jesus. At the Gathering, we will explore these life-giving roles in a community of supportive women. A Community Connections hour will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. with guest speaker Kathy Bogie, Executive Director of Magdalene House, Kerrville. This hour is optional for women to attend. The entire weekend will allow time for relaxation, renewal, and refreshment. Cost is $165 per person to stay in a cabin or $245 per person to stay in the lodges. For more information, contact Marjorie George. View/print the save-the-date flyer.

New Beginnings #3
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Antonio
ATTN: Weekend Postponed to Spring 2017 
Calling all middle school youth to participate in this unique weekend designed to respond to 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. Hosted by St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, the weekend cost is $50. If you have already participated in a Happening or New Beginnings weekend and are in 9th grade and up, you're invited to serve on staff for this awesome weekend ($50 weekend cost). Staff must be able to attend the Team Meeting.

St. Thomas Art and Faith Exhibit
Cathedral House Gallery, San Antonio
October 23 - mid November
Cathedral House Gallery will host an art exhibit by the St. Thomas, San Antonio, Art and Faith group beginning with an opening reception on Sunday, October 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Art and Faith members will show a variety of their works and be on hand to talk about how other congregations can incorporate art into their expressions of faith.  Cathedral House Gallery is located at the Bishop Jones Center at 111 Torcido, San Antonio, 78209. The show will hang until mid-November and is available for viewing on October 23 and when the Jones Center is open, generally Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Marjorie George.

108th Spiritual Retreat in Recovery
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 28-30
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The 108th Spiritual Retreat in Recovery will be held Friday-Sunday, October 28-30, at Mustang Island Conference Center. Sponsored by the diocesan Commission on Recovery Ministries, the Spiritual Retreat provides a safe place to deepen one's spiritual journey and is open to anyone recovering from alcoholism or addictions to other substances, and to the families and friends who have been affected by the disease. Retreat leaders are the Rev. Stuart Hoke (General Theological Seminary) and the Rev. Ben Nelson (St. Mark's, San Marcos). You can register through the link above through October 14. For more information, contact the Spiritual Retreat in Recovery committee at dwtxsrr@gmail.com or 210-446-6932.

Cursillo #274
Camp Capers
November 3-6
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Cursillo #274 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, November 3-6. Cursillo is a three-day spiritual retreat that give participants the tools to share the joy of Christ with others. Learn more about Cursillo here. The Rectora for the weekend is Sherri Digby, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Milton Black. Register through the link above.

Bishop's Golf Classic
Canyon Springs Golf Club, San Antonio
November 4
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The 11th annual Bishop's Golf Classic will be held on Friday, November 4, at Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio. Check-in starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by shotgun start at noon, and awards dinner at 5:00 p.m. Individual registration cost is $150, and there are several sponsorship levels, as well as options for non-golfers to donate. All tournament proceeds go to the diocesan scholarship fund for children’s camps and youth events, helping send youth to our diocese's exemplary summer camp programs. Individuals and teams (up to four per team) can register online by following the link above. With questions, contact Gray Hardaway or Laura Kean.

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
November 13
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, November 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Happening #135
St. Luke's, San Antonio
November 18-20
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Happening #135 will be held at St. Luke's, San Antonio, Friday-Sunday, November 18-20. Happening is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for any high school student in grades 10 to 12. It is similar to a retreat, but with a unique personality all its own. The teachings of Jesus Christ are discussed, along with lots of singing, games, and a joyous spirit of celebration. Beginning Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. sharp, programming will run through 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit the Happening page.

Thanksgiving on the Island
Mustang Island Conference Center
November 23-26
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Escape to the island with your loved ones for a Thanksgiving to remember. A beautiful feast follows the Holy Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day. Arrive Wednesday evening and depart after lunch on Saturday afternoon. Relax, stroll along the shore, visit area points of interest. $374.00(family of one) $500(family of two), $650(family of three), $800.00(family of four), additional child $167.00; additional adult $253.00. For more info call Lynn Corby (361-749-1800).

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
January 8, 2017
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, January 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Pre-Council Meetings
Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio
January 28-29, 2017
There will be only three Pre-Council meetings this year, all during the weekend of January 28-29, 2017. These three meetings will focus on Discernment Forums to afford voting delegates and clergy the opportunity to hear from the potential nominees for Bishop Suffragan in person. Don't miss this important event in the life of the diocese. 
Valley - Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. - noon at St. Alban's, Harlingen
Coastal Bend - Saturday, January 28 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi
Central - Sunday, January 29 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas, San Antonio

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
February 12
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, February 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

113th Diocesan Council
Corpus Christi
February 23-25
The 113th Diocesan Council will convene on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi. The host church is Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi. Plans are underway, but events include Council worship on Thursday evening, the Bishop's Luncheon (with Bishop Gary Lillibridge as the speaker) on Friday, and a Council Banquet Friday evening to celebrate the ministry of Lillibridge. The business session on Saturday will consist solely of the election of a Bishop Suffragan. Stay tuned for emerging details.

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
April 2
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, April 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Camp Capers' 70th Anniversary
Camp Capers
May 19-21
Camp Capers will celebrate 70 years in 2017, and an alumni reunion is being planned for Friday-Sunday, May 19-21. More details to come, but save the date for now.