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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Vital University Ministries Day of Service on the Coast
Corpus Christi-area
September 23

Join the College Missions group on a day-long trip down to the Texas Gulf Coast to help in the recovery after Hurricane Harvey. Vital is partnering with the affected churches and communities to go and help where it is most needed. The group will leave San Antonio at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, and head back around 5:00 p.m. (with a stop at Whataburger). Bring/wear clothes that can get dirty (pants, long-sleeved shirt, closed-toe shoes, bug spray, a water container). Rides will be provided, but please donate $10 (or more) to help with travel expenses. Contact Allie Melancon for more information; register through the link above.

"Art and Contemplation"
Cathedral House Gallery
September 24, continuing
Cathedral House Gallery presents a new show entitled "Art and Contemplation" with an opening reception on Sunday, September 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. "Art-making is a contemplative practice that affects us internally, through our thoughts and emotions, as well as externally, through the creation of images that can serve as sources of inspiration and healing to others" (from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society). The show will feature work from diocesan artists Tina Karagulian, Terry Gay Pukett, Edwin Sasek, Patsy Sasek, Peter Szarmach, and Gordon West. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 210-826-5381. A percentage of proceeds from sales will be donated to the programs of the Diocese of West Texas. Cathedral House Gallery is located at the Bishop Jones Center, 111 Torcido, San Antonio, 78209.

Vital Bowling Night
Astro Bowl, San Antonio
September 28
Vital University Ministries will host a bowling night on Thursday, September 28, at 9:30 p.m. at Astro Bowl (Austin Highway, San Antonio). Join other college kids for a night of friendly competition. Contact Allie Melancon for more information.

Clergy Spouse Retreat
Camp Capers
September 29-October 1

The annual clergy spouse retreat will be held at Camp Capers Friday-Sunday, September 29-October 1. 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. The Rev. Lisa Mason is the guest speaker, and the title of the retreat is "Behold, I make all things new: vitality, vocation, and relationship." Suggested registration fee is $125, 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 Patti Reed. Online registration will close on September 25.

Cursillo #276
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 5-8

Cursillo #276 will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8. The lay rector for the weekend is Donald Greer, and the spiritual director is the Rt. Rev. David Reed. Cursillo is a four-day, three-night spiritual retreat for adults. During the Cursillo weekend, participants engage in study, reflection, fellowship, and worship. Learn more here, and register through the link above.

Down for the Count Hurricane Relief Concert
Aggie Park Banquet Hall
October 6
San Antonio-local band Down for the Count will present a Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert on Friday, October 6, at Aggie Park Banquet Hall (6205 West Ave., 78213). Proceeds will benefit disaster recovery efforts in the Diocese of West Texas. Suggested donation is $25. A catered dinner will be provided, and each donation of $25 will receive one raffle ticket (information on prizes to come). A cash bar will also be available. The venue is open from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., and the band will play from 7:00 to 9:00. This will be an entertaining evening and a great way to support the affected churches and communities in our diocese. View the event on Facebook here.

The Tapestries of our Lives
Cathedral Park
October 13-14

A retreat will be held at Cathedral Park in San Antonio (111 Torcido, 78209) Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, sponsored by the Commission for Women's Ministries. When we look at our lives as a tapestry, we find threads of many colors and textures. Some are times of great joy and productive living; others are times of challenge and maybe even sorrow. God uses all of these threads to create the unique work of art each one of us is and to prepare us for life in abundance. Friday evening, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. includes a light supper. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. includes a  continental breakfast and boxed lunch. Overnight accommodations available in homes or nearby hotels. Childcare provided off site. Registration available through the link above, and the cost is $45/person. Childcare extra.

Young Adults Retreat
October 13-14
Camp Capers

Young adults across the diocese are invited to gather at Camp Capers Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, for the first retreat for young adults, entitled "Finding Our Voice." The focus of this retreat will be on discerning your calling as leaders in the Church. Childcare will be available. The retreat will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude with dinner on Saturday at 5:30. Cost is $150 per couple for a double occupancy room; or $100 for individuals for a single occupancy room or if you are attending on Saturday only. Questions about the retreat or scholarship assistance? Contact Rev. Rob Harris, If you would like to connect with other young adults around the Diocese of West Texas, you can find the group on Facebook here.

110th Spiritual Retreat in Recovery
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 13-15

The 110th Spiritual Retreat in Recovery will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center on Friday-Sunday, October 13-15. This retreat will differ from the usual format. This will be a working retreat and one of "disaster relief," as participants offer to help in the clean-up and repair efforts in the Port Aransas, Texas, area after the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Only able-bodied persons should RSVP for this weekend. Work is expected to be physically demanding. This will be coordinated with the diocesan Commission on Disaster Response and the Rev. Jonathan Wickham. Cost is $195 per person and includes food and lodging. The retreat committee is unable to offer scholarship or financial assistance for this retreat. Online registration will close on October 10.

Nature as Soul Care
Bishop Jones Center, Cathedral Park
October 27-28
A retreat entitled "Nature as soul care" will be offered at the Bishop Jones Center on Friday and Saturday, October 27-28. Sponsored by Friends of Cathedral Park, this retreat will be led by Steven Chase, Ph.D. is Professor of Spirituality at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. A spiritual director and retreat leader, he has also written several books in the areas of mysticism, contemplative prayer, devotional practices, inter-religious spirituality, and a commentary on the Book of Job. This retreat will provide practice, space, and time to build new connections to nature’s hidden capacities for soul care. The gathering will be 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and will include lunch. Cost is $55/person. Register through the link above. For more information, contact Marjorie George or visit Please share the flyer.

World Mission Top Golf Tournament
Top Golf, San Antonio
October 30
The second annual Top Golf tournament benefiting the Department of World Mission will be held on Monday, October 30, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Top Golf in San Antonio (5539 N Loop 1604 W, 78249). This year, all proceeds from the tournament will benefit Hurricane Harvey relief in the Diocese of West Texas. Come for an evening of fun and laughter, with food, drinks, and lots of friendly competition. For more information, contact Kaitlin Rogers at 888/210-824-5387.

2017 Bishop's Golf Classic 
The Republic Golf Club, San Antonio
November 3, 2017
The 12th annual Bishop's Golf Classic in San Antonio will be held at a new location, the Republic Golf Club, to benefit the annual Scholarship Fund for the Camps & Conferences of the Diocese of West Texas. Our camp programs create safe spaces for children, youth, adults, and families to experience the love of God firsthand and then return to their home communities equipped & inspired to share Christ's love with the world. By registering or sponsoring a team your entry fees help guarantee that financial circumstances never prevent children and families from joining the camp community. Download the printable registration form plus flyer and mail it to the Bishop Jones Center or follow the link above to sign up today. 

Cursillo #277
Camp Capers
November 2-5

Cursillo #277 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5. The lay rectora for the weekend is Andrea Bielefeld, and the spiritual director is the Rev. Ripp Hardaway. Cursillo is a four-day, three-night spiritual retreat for adults. During the Cursillo weekend, participants engage in study, reflection, fellowship, and worship. Learn more here, and register through the link above.

Bishop Elliott Society Fall Lecture
Christ Church, San Antonio
November 3-4
The Bishop Elliott Society (BES) welcomes Dr. Jim Denison as the keynote speaker for the fall lecture series Friday-Saturday, November 3-4 at Christ Church, San Antonio; his lecture is entitled "Meta-narratives and the Kingdom of God." Denison, who has taught philosophy of religion and apologetics for over 30 years, speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He produces a daily column that is distributed to more than 113,000 subscribers, and he writes for The Dallas Morning News, Religious News Service, and other outlets. He has also authored seven books. The lecture series will begin Friday evening with dinner at 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. It will close on Saturday after Noonday Prayers. Register here. The cost is $40 or free for BES members. Send email inquiries to or call 361-443-4916.

World Mission Symposium
Christ Church, San Antonio
November 11

The annual World Mission Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 11, in the parish hall at Christ Church, San Antonio (510 Belknap Pl, 78212) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The theme is "Developing your Church's World Missions Program." The Rev. David Read will present on Mission for All the Church and discuss ways to involve the whole congregation; Liz Deitrick will talk about the possibilities for Mission in the Small Church; Charissa Fenton will share ideas about creating videos for your mission ministries; and Development Consultant Shannon Nisbet will encourage us to start Thinking Outside the Box. The cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch and supplies for the day. For more information, contact Kaitlin Rogers, 210-824-5387 or Register through the link above.

Thanksgiving on the Island
Mustang Island Conference Center
November 22-25

Thanksgiving on the Island will once again be at Mustang Island Conference Center Wednesday-Saturday, November 22-25. Come with your family and friends and enjoy a relaxing and peaceful get-away at your island home. A traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the sides and pies will be served on Thursday, and in true Thanksgiving fashion, guests can enjoy leftovers afterward. Play games, stroll on the beach, eat, pray, and be in community with each other. Register through the link above. Contact Lynn Corby with any questions at 361-749-1800.

Abundant Living Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
January 15-17, 2018
The third annual Abundant Living Retreat: Celebrate the Journey will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Monday-Wednesday, January 15-17. 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. A day rate will also be available for those who live close to the conference center. More details and registration to come.

Father / Son Retreat
February 2-4, 2018
Camp Capers
Slowing down and spending time with your kids, away from the distractions and responsibilities of day to day life is so valuable. That's why Camp Capers hosts our Father / Son Retreat, to help fathers (and father figures) get out of town with their sons (ages 6-18 years old) and invest time in the important things in life, like s'mores and outdoor games and real talk about the real life challenges faced by Christian men today. Registration for this weekend retreat will open online soon. Scholarship assistance is available; email with any questions.