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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Episcopal Night at the Ballpark
Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi
August 2
The annual diocesan Episcopal Night at the Ballpark in Corpus Christi will be on Tuesday, August 2, when the Corpus Christi Hooks play the visiting San Antonio Missions. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. The various Episcopal churches in Corpus Christi have tickets available for purchase for $10/each. You may also contact Wayne Sykora to purchase tickets at 361-877-6983.

Happening #134
St. George, San Antonio
August 5-7
Happening #134 will be held Friday-Sunday, August 5-7, at St. George in San Antonio. Happening is a three-day spiritual retreat for high school youth in grades ten through 12. To learn more about Happening, visit here. To register, please follow the link above.

Artemisia Bowden, Saint's Day
August 18
August 18 is the day to celebrate Artemisia Bowden and her ministry, after her inclusion in "Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints" following the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in 2015. Dr. Bowden is the person from West Texas to be included on the calendar of The Episcopal Church, that commemorates people cited in "Holy Women, Holy Men." The Collect for the day is as follows: O God, by your Holy Spirit, you give gifts to your people so that they might faithfully serve your Church and the world: We give you praise for the gifts of perseverance, teaching and wisdom made manifest in your servant, Artemisia Bowden, whom you called far from home for the sake of educating the daughters and granddaughters of former slaves in Texas. We thank you for blessing and prospering her life’s work, and pray that, following her example, we may be ever mindful of the call to serve where you send us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Learn more.

World Mission Symposium
Bishop Jones Center
August 27
The annual World Mission Symposium will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. The topic of conversation will be Spirit-Led Mission and Ministry, featuring guest speaker, Edwina Thomas, SOMA USA Director Emeritus. The cost to attend this event is $20 and includes lunch, snacks, and materials. Register online through the link above. All are welcome whether you are currently involved in mission work or not - we can't wait to see you there! Contact Kaitlin Reed (, 210-824-5387) with any questions.

Mother-Daughter Retreat
Camp Capers
September 9-11
The annual Mother-Daughter Retreat at Camp Capers will be held Friday-Sunday, September 9-11. This retreat invites girls ages six to 18 years and their mothers (or mother figures) for a weekend of fun activities and fellowship and time to just be together. Cost for the retreat is $130 for moms and $90 per daughter, and this includes lodging and meals. For more information, contact Laura Kean in the Camps office, 888/210-824-5387. Register by following the link above.

Abundant Living Conference
Mustang Island Conference Center
September 19-21
Save the date for the second annual Abundant Living Conference: Celebrating the Journey to be held Monday-Wednesday, September 19-21 at Mustang Island Conference Center. This year's Abundant Living Conference will focus on the seasons of our journey, noticing where we are, where we've been, and where we're going. We will continue the comfortable retreat rhythm of plenary speakers for the whole group and workshop offerings for you to choose. Come to the beautiful island, enjoy Kathy's delicious food, spend time on the beach, and live abundantly.

Clergy Spouse Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
September 23-25
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

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
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.

Fall Women's Gathering
Camp Capers
October 14-16
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. The weekend allows 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.

Cursillo #274
Camp Capers
November 3-6
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
The 11th annual Bishop's Golf Classic will be held on Friday, November 4, at Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio. Registration will open in August. You may begin planning your teams of 4 and save the date to join us. The Bishop's Golf Classic continues to be a tremendous success because of the support of our sponsors and players. All proceeds go directly to support our young people and families through the Camps Scholarship Fund. More information to come.

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

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.

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.