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  • The annual Food for the Soul retreat will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. Food for the Soul is a gathering for Christian hospitality with food, fun, and fellowship. Prepare, serve, and enjoy meals together in a holy place in God's coastal creation. The Rev. Lisa Mason from St. David's, San Antonio, will serve as chaplain. Cost per person is $260 for double occupancy and $310 for single occupancy. Register at Questions? Contact our registrar, Lynn Corby at the conference center. 
  • Happening #139 will be held at St. John's, New Braunfels, Friday-Sunday, March 2-4. Happening is a spiritual renewal weekend for youth in grades 10-12, led by their peers. The cost is $50 and scholarships are available. See more information on Happening and the registration link at
  • Cursillo #258 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, March 15-18. 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 Rosine Carter from Annunciation, Luling, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Bur Dobbins from St. Barnabas, Fredericksburg. Register online at, or print the application at

  •  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. Register online at

  •  Bishop's Spring Retreat: 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, as well as workshops. Other workshops will be offered, as well, with topics such as collage making, lettering, pottery, creative writing and journaling, photography, cooking, and music. There will be time for rest and reflection and guided time together for nature walks, star gazing, and a bonfire. Registration and cost information to come at; but save the date now for this first Bishop's Spring Retreat that is sure to be a treat for all who attend.

Safeguarding God's Children

  • There are no scheduled workshops at this time.

Safeguarding Resources

Safeguarding God’s Children

  • Safeguarding God’s Children trainings can be found under Current News (above).
  • Safeguarding God’s Children certificates are valid for 5 years.

Safeguarding God’s People

  • Safeguarding God’s People trainings are online only. Contact Rachel Willcox for information on the training.
  • Safeguarding God’s People certificates are valid for 5 years.

Safeguarding Online

  • Safeguarding Online is available for those needing to renew their Safeguarding God’s Children certificate.
  • Safeguarding Online is available for anyone to take Safeguarding God’s People.
  • Each church and school has the option to set-up an Online Administrator. Contact Rachel Willcox for more information.

Safeguarding Train the Trainer

  • Train the Traineris offered twice a year (spring and fall). Trainings can be found under Current News (above).
  • Trainees must have already completed Safeguarding God’s Childrenin the last 5 years.
  • Trainer certificates are valid for 3 years.


Shared Resources

  • For pictures of the bishops, the diocesan shield, etc. for download, click here.
  • If you work as a communicator (paid, volunteer, in any fashion) at one of our churches, please join our Diocese of West Texas Communicators Facebook page. In Facebook, search for "Communicators Episcopal Diocese of West Texas" and request membership. We network, share resources, announce events and ministry/current news, and we'd love to have you on board.
  • For diocesan pictures of events, please visit our Flickr site.

"This Way" Podcast with the Bishops

thisway-podcast-final-copy-web.pngDeveloped in January 2018, "This Way: Kingdom Wondering and Kingdom Pondering in the Dioceses of West Texas," is a casual conversational podcast with Bishops Reed and Brooke-Davidson and any special guests that may make an appearance. You can find the podcast on iTunes here; or download to your podcast app here. Subscribe and let us know what you think.


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