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  •  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.

  • 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

Safeguarding God's Children

  • A Safeguarding Train the Trainer Workshop will be held on Thursday, June 14, in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido, San Antonio, 78209) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each congregation and diocesan institution is encouraged to have their own trainer who will be certified to train for that congregation/institution (school). Participants will receive their certification documents from the diocesan office after they have completed the training. The fee for new trainers is $165.00. The fee includes a training kit, materials, and lunch. Current or former trainers are strongly encouraged to update their certification for an additional three (3) year period by attending this training session. The fee for those renewing their certificates will be $25.00 for materials and lunch. For more information, contact Rachel Willcox at 210-824-5387 or Register online here.

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

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  • 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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