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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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.

Coffee & Compline
St. George, San Antonio
April 10
We invite you to gather with other young adults, ages 21 to 45, for an evening of worship, coffee, and Evening Compline on Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This month, we're being hosted by St. George (6900 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78213). Coffee and fellowship start at 7:00 p.m. and worship/compline takes place from 7:30 until about 8:15 in the sanctuary. We meet bi-monthly as young adults in San Antonio and welcome you to invite your young adult group and friends. Connect with us on Facebook to stay informed.

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. Saturday afternoon will have workshops with topics such as collage making, lettering, creative writing, cooking, and music, plus time for individual rest and reflection as well as group nature walks, star gazing, and a bonfire. Stay in the lodges (double occupancy, $200) or the cabins ($125). Download the flyer / retreat schedule here.

Bishop Elliott Society Spring Lecture
Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi
April 21
The Bishop Elliott Society presents the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, bishop suffragan of the diocese, for its spring lecture series on Saturday, April 21, at Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi. The morning begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 and will adjourn after Noonday prayers. Bishop Brooke-Davidson lectures, entitled "Thank God we are not like those people" will be a conversation about hospitality, orthodoxy, and cultural coding; what is essential, what is compelling (and to whom), and where God may be calling us in our time. If the knowledge of God is to cover the earth as the waters cover the seas, then the people of God—and Episcopalians in particular—must take seriously the challenges of contextualizing the ways we express our faith. This event is free to BES members and $30 for non-members. Register and RSVP here.

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 former and flyer. Online registration is open. Email Mark Hagelberg with tournament questions or our Valley Regional Coordinator, Chelsea Mueller, for more information about Vital UM in the Valley. [9:30 - 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. Jonathan Wickham (All Saints', Corpus Christi). Follow the link above for online registration, or print the application here.

Abide in Me
TMI Episcopal
June 9
The tenth Abide in Me Conference will be held at TMI Episcopal in San Antonio on Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The focus for this year's conference in stewardship. We know that Christian stewardship involves giving back to God from all that God has given us - giving from our time, our talents, and our treasure. This conference will help us identify the resources of our lives that God has lavished on each one of us - as individuals and as congregations - and present ways we can commit those resources to God. Keynote speaker is the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, Washington. Workshops will be offered. You can view a list of workshops and find more information as it develops at

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 Hungry" 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.