Letter from the bishops: Texas border situation

[June 21, 2018] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace to you, and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We, like many of you, have watched and read with increasing dismay and frustration the federal government’s use of family separation as a blunt instrument of immigration policy along our border with Mexico. We have been embarrassed and angered to see our political leaders point fingers at each other while children and their mothers (it’s almost always mothers) are taken away from each other. We can imagine little that could be more heart-breaking or traumatizing—for children or parents—than to be forcibly separated with no awareness of when, or if, we would see one another again.more...

TMI graduates ready for varied futures

TMI Episcopal’s class of 2018 graduated May 24 in Oak Hills Community Church.“Commencement means beginning,” the Rev. Scott J. Brown, headmaster, said in his welcome. “That’s exactly what we celebrate tonight – a new beginning. A new start. A new chapter which you, class of 2018, are completely ready to embrace.”more...

TMI gives Bishop Elliott Award

TMI Episcopal eighth grader Marco Bonilla is the recipient of the school’s Bishop Elliot Award, given during Middle School Closing Ceremonies, held May 17 in the school’s All Saints Chapel.more...

Spotlight on an Honored Woman: Clara Etta Williams

Clara Etta Williams, 90, was given the title of Most Honored Woman from St. Philip’s, San Antonio, and was recognized among the other congregational honored women at this year’s Commission for Women’s Ministries Luncheon at Diocesan Council in February. Williams, who has been a member of St. Philip’s Church since 1963 was one of the first 12 students to graduate from the nursing program at St. Philip’s Junior College, started by Dr. Artemisia Bowden, recognized saint from the Diocese of West Texas.more...

Father's Day offering for Habitat for Humanity

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, 2018, and we once again invite your church to consider a special Father’s Day offering for the Diocese of West Texas Habitat for Humanity fund.more...

Bishop Bailey's quilt on display at Bishop Jones Center

A commemorative quilt that once had pride of place in Bishop Scott Field and Evelyn Bailey’s home is now in the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio. Scott Field Bailey served as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas from 1977 to 1987. As a surprise gift from the women of the diocese upon his retirement, Bishop Bailey received a quilt with each square representing a parish or mission church in the diocese.  more...

SLES receives invitiation to World Scholar's Cup

St. Luke’s Episcopal School, San Antonio, (SLES) will send nine students to Barcelona, Spain for the international round of the World Scholar’s Cup in July 2018. The three teams of SLES students will represent their school and San Antonio as they compete against 2,500 scholars representing 50 countries in a week-long academic competition consisting of team debates, collaborative essay writing, scholars challenge exams, and the scholars bowl. The competition covers six subject matters including science, literature, social studies, history the arts, and human relationships.more...

Vital University Missions: Congratulations, Grads!

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Community Connections support Harvey recovery

A Community Connections event, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, was held at Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Port Aransas, Texas, on May 19. This event served as a festival for the heart and soul and offered compassionate outreach to Port Aransas residents recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and information on helpful resources that they can access.more...

Mentorship program at St. Margaret's, San Antonio

Two years ago St. Margaret's, San Antonio, began a mentor program for youth in the eighth through 12th grades under the leadership of Tonya McAlexander, pairing each child with an adult in the parish based on a survey that revealed similar interests and prayerful consideration. The adult serves as the mentor, and first and foremost, the pair pray for each other.more...