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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Summer's here!
Register for summer camp at Camp Capers,
Family Camp at Mustang Island Conference Center,
or a week in Duncan Park, Colorado.

"Celebrations and New Beginnings"
Cathedral House Gallery
Cathedral House Gallery presents "Celebrations and New Beginnings," with works in oil, watercolor, photography, and other media by various artists around the diocese. The show will hang through August, and visitors are welcome Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cathedral House Gallery is located at the Bishop Jones Center, 111 Torcido, San Antonio, 78209. If you are an artist or know of an artist in your congregation who would like to participate in future displays, please contact Marjorie George.

Happening #131
St. Mark's, San Antonio
August 7-9
Happening #131 will be held Friday-Sunday, August 7-9, at St. Mark's, San Antonio. Happening is a spiritual retreat weekend for young people in grades 10-12. To learn more about Happening, click here. To register, follow the link above.

Memorial Thanksgiving Service for Artemisia Bowden
Christ Church, San Antonio
August 18
The Dr. Artemisia Bowden diocesan chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians invites all to a historical event of celebration, a Memorial Thanksgiving Service for Artemisia Bowden on her designated feast day, Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown San Antonio. The Rt. Rev. Jim Folts is the celebrant for this memorial service. All clergy are invited to vest (alb and white stole). The UBE chapter founding membership plaques will be unveiled at this service. At the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, held this summer, Bowden was confirmed a saint and approved for placement on the church calendar. Read more about this here. For more information call the church office at 210-736-3132.

Camp Capers Service Day
Camp Campers
August 22
Are you "Called to Serve?" Come to Camp Capers to give back to a place that has given much to us at this year's Service Day on Saturday, August 22. All attending should meet at the Welcome Center at 8:30 a.m. to divide and conquer various projects. Lunch will be served picnic style, and at the end of the day, the pool will be open for swimming and fun. Please let Shelly Agee know if you plan to attend and how many are coming with you. There is no cost for this event. If you would like to stay at Camp Capers the night before (Friday, August 21), the cabins will be available for $10 per person (bring your own linens). Please join us for a wonderful day of service and fellowship.

World Mission Symposium
Bishop Jones Center
August 29
The 2015 World Mission Symposium will be held on Saturday, August 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. The theme for this year's symposium is "Accessing God's Resources." The guest speaker is Barbara Shantz, TransWorld Radio's Global Fund Development Strategist. Cost to attend is $20 and this includes lunch, snacks, and materials. Register by following the link above. Contact Kaitlin Reed for more information.

Mother Daughter Retreat
Camp Capers
September 11-13
Come to Camp Capers for the annual Mother-Daughter Retreat, to be held Friday-Sunday, September 11-13. The retreat will be led by the Rev. Lisa Mason and Sarah Kates. Girls ages six to 18 are invited to bring their mother, or a mother-like figure in their lives, for a weekend of fun and rest and girl bonding time. Cost is $130 for adults and $90 for children. Register through the link above; or contact the Camps and Conferences Department for more information.

Photo Contemplo II Opening
Cathedral House Gallery
September 13
The Photo Contemplo II exhibit, part of FotoSeptiembre San Antonio, will open at Cathedral House Gallery on Sunday, September 13, with a reception from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to all. The exhibit will hang through October. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Contact Marjorie George. Diocesan photographers include David Bose, Jim Elliott, Kat Gambs, Tom Hausler, Keziah Hernandez, Chrisie Jennings, Santos Nagao, Linda Ricketts, Edwin Sasek, and Peter Szarmach.

Abundant Living Conference
Mustang Island Conference Center
September 21-23
Join fellow seniors, family members, and caregivers for three days at the first Abundant Living Conference at the beautiful Mustang Island Conference Center Monday-Wednesday, September 21-23. Our theme is "Live More, Age Less." Are you over 60? Feel like 60? Care for someone over 60? This conference is for you. Our keynote speaker is the Rev. Helen Appelberg, who started the Abundant Living Conference 12 years ago in the Diocese of Texas. We will have activities including fly fishing, art workshops, meditation, bird watching, time for prayer, yoga, and singing. Helen started Community of Hope, and since retiring from parish ministry, is a Senior Fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging and is the Director of the Center for Spirituality. Check-in begins Monday at 4:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00; and the conference will conclude by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Cost for the conference is $315 single occupancy, $245 double occupancy, or a day fee of $90. For more information contact MICC at 361-749-1800.

Clergy Spouse Retreat
Camp Capers
September 25-27
The annual clergy spouse retreat will be held at Camp Capers Friday-Sunday, September 25-27. This is a time for all clergy spouses to gather for rest, renewal, and fellowship. The Rev. Kelly Conkling will serve as the speaker for the weekend. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday and closes on Sunday after breakfast and Eucharist. Suggested registration fee is $100, but less is accepted and there is scholarship assistance, if needed. For more information, contact Catherine Lillibridge or Patti Reed. Register by following the link above.

Cursillo #269
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 1-4
Cursillo #269 will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center, Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4. The rector for the weekend is Heather Marks, and the spiritual director is the Rev. John Fritts. Learn more about a Cursillo weekend experience here.

Fall Women's Gathering
Camp Capers
October 9-11
The annual Fall Women's Gathering will be held at Camp Capers, Friday-Sunday, October 9-11. Sponsored by the Commission for Women's Ministry, this is a weekend of time for talking and listening, worship, good fellowship, wonderful food, great music, as well as rest and spiritual refreshment, all with God-graced women. This weekend the focus will be on relationships - in families, among friends, between colleagues. Kelley Kimble of Christian Unity Ministries will be a presenter; she is also a member of St. Philip's, Uvalde, and a family court judge. Her expertise is in building Christ-centered relationships based on five particular principles. She will be accompanied by the Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, vicar of St. Elizabeth's, Buda, a church with a mission to be a "community transformed by compassion and forgiveness." Register online through the link above. Cabin fee is $165; Lodge double occupancy is $210, and both prices include the gathering registration fee.

Alumni Camp
Camp Capers
October 24-26
Join fellow campers this October for the first Alumni Camp. Camp Capers has been well loved in the diocese since it was established in 1947. Come, remember the camaraderie of camp together, and experience it anew. Stay overnight or come out for the festivities during the day on Saturday. Cost: Full weekend - $150, Commuter Rate - $60. For more information, contact Laura Kean.

Bishop's Golf Classic
Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio
October 30
Save the date for the annual Bishop's Golf Classic, benefiting the Camps Scholarship Fund, to be held Friday, October 30, at the Canyon Springs Golf Course in San Antonio. Each year the proceeds grow, with $40,000 raised in 2014 to help send children, youth, adults, and families to the diocesan camping programs. The individual entry fee is $150, with sponsorship opportunities, as well as donation opportunities. See the registration form for all the details. Online registration will be available on August 1.

Thanksgiving on the Island
Mustang Island Conference Center
November 25-28
Escape to the island with your loved ones for a Thanksgiving to remember at Mustang Island Conference Center. Arrive Wednesday afternoon, November 25. A beautiful feast will follow a service of Holy Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day, complete with all the fixings and pies. The retreat ends with lunch on Saturday, November 28. Relax, stroll along the shore, and visit area points of interest. The cost of Thanksgiving on the Island is $325.00 (family of one); $435 (family of two); $565 (family of three); $695 (family of four); additional child $145; additional adult $220. For more information contact Lynn at 361-749-1800 or