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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Around the Diocese

Artemisia Bowden Award Presentation
Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi
August 19
The diocesan Artemisia Bowden Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians will present the Artemisia Bowden "Holy Woman: Celebrating a Saint" award to Susan Johnson during the 10:30 AM service at Church of the Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi, on Sunday, August 19. This award honors Johnson's extensive work as a diocesan historian, which was central to Dr. Bowden's inclusion among the celebration of the saints. Following the service, there will be a memorial prayer litany at noon in St. James' Chapel (Bowden's final resting place) in recognition of her fourth feast day, which will have been the Saturday before this memorial prayer (Aug. 18).

World Mission Symposium
Bishop Jones Center
August 25
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The annual World Mission Symposium will take place on Saturday, August 25, in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The focus this year is on "Raising Future Leaders," and the youth across the diocese are greatly encouraged to attend. Presenters include Cookie Harris (St. George, San Antonio) on youth mission efforts in Haiti; St. Helena's, Boerne, on the youth-led mission in its congregation; and Halleta Heinrich (Christ Church, San Antonio) with mission curriculum created for children. The cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch and supplies for the day. Register online above, or contact Marthe Curry (210-824-5387; mcurry09@sbcglobal.net).

Duncan Park Family Camp
Duncan Park
August 30 - September 4
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Ready for a vacation from the dog days of summer? Spend Labor Day Weekend 2018 (Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 2018) enjoying the mountain air, hiking through pine forests, and growing closer to your family and to God at Duncan Park. You can expect great food, games, fishing, outdoor fun, and hikes in the neighboring Roosevelt National Forest and Brainard Lake State Recreation Area. Visit Duncan Park's page for site and accommodation pictures and information or email duncan.park@dwtx.org for more details. Travel not included in cost; shuttle to and from the airport (at 2 predetermined times) provided.

Mustang Island Family Camp - Labor Day Session
Mustang Island Conference Center
August 31 - September 3
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Splish-splash your way through Labor Day Weekend this year at Mustang Island Family Camp. Pack your sunscreen, grab your family, and let our staff take care of the rest! All families stay in the lovely Guest Rooms each with private bathroom and a personal balcony view across the dunes to the sea. Boardwalks connect each room to the main gathering area, Dining Hall, and (most importantly) the beach! Sign up through the link above or contact Lynn Corby (lynn.corby@dwtx.org) for more information. Pictures of the conference center and more details available here.

Mother Daughter Retreat
Camp Capers
September 7 - 9
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Camp Capers invites mothers (and mother figures) to join their daughters for a weekend retreat at Camp Capers. Have fun together kayaking, exploring the garden, making crafts, singing, sharing meals, and talking about how to build each other up in faith. Online registration is available by clicking the green button above, or you can contact the Camp Capers Office for more information (830-995-3966; camp.capers@dwtx.org). 

"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 info@reelrecovery.org. You can also visit the website www.reelrecovery.org or contact Mike Emerson at (817) 894-7832.

Contemplative Photography Workshop
Bishop Jones Center
September 22
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Edwin Sasek, local photographer and artist, will lead a Contemplative Photography Workshop on the grounds of the Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido Dr.; San Antonio, TX 78209) on Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. "In contemplative photography, the emphasis is not on technical aspects or even the subject matter, rather it is seeing with the vision of the inner eye," says Sasek. The grounds of the Bishop Jones Center offer images at every turn. Bring your camera or your smart phone and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Cost is $35 per person. Email Marjorie George with questions at marjorie.george@dwtx.org. Online registration will open Wednesday, August 1st. Invite a friend with this printable flyer.

Cursillo #279
Mustang Island Conference Center
September 27-30
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Cursillo #279 will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Thursday-Sunday, September 27-30. This three-day retreat gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others in their everyday environments. Rectora for the weekend is Becky Warren, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Ram Lopez. Register through the link above or learn more here.

Bishop Elliott Society Fall Lecture Series
Bishop Jone Center

September 28-29
The Bishop Elliott Society presents the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, archbishop of Uganda, retired, speaking on the theme of “Friends and Partners in Christ” during the fall lecture series to be held Friday-Saturday, September 28-29, at the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio. Bishop Orombi is well known to the Diocese of West Texas from his many visits and teaching ministry here, as well as his invitations to West Texans to visit Nebbi. His vision for the Women’s Center in Nebbi helped catalyze our World Mission ministry. He has become an influential leader of the Global South during the recent discussions within the Anglican Communion and served as Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala from 2004 until his retirement in December 2012. The lecture series begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This includes dinner, breakfast, three talks and a Q&A session. To register, visit here. With questions, contact Bpelliottsociety@aol.com or 361-443-4916.

Spiritual Retreat in Recovery
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 5-7
The fall Spiritual Retreat in Recovery will be held Friday-Sunday, October 5-7 at Mustang Island Conference Center. Registration will open on Monday, August 27, and will be linked here. Two veteran retreat facilitators, the Revs. Ben Nelson and Nancy Coon will lead us in October. More details will follow. Please save this date. Questions? Call 210-446-6932 and we will get back to you quickly.

Fall Women's Gathering - The 15 Minute Sabbath
Bishop Jones Center
October 12-13
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The Commission for Women's Ministries (C4WM) will host a fall retreat, “The 15-minute Sabbath,”  at the Bishop Jones Center on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13. “The world is too much with us,” said the poet William Wordsworth 200 years ago, and we certainly echo that sentiment in our time. Too frantic, too fast, too overwhelming. The Fall Gathering will offer a respite from the demands of our lives and invite us to stop, to rest, to reflect. Friday programming will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday’s will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person, and this includes three light meals (dinner Friday evening, continental breakfast Saturday morning, and a boxed lunch on Saturday). For more information, contact Marjorie George at marjorie.george@dwtx.org.

"Fishing for the Hungry" Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center

October 19-21
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The Order of Naucratius invites 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 robh@cecsa.org or the Rev. Rod Clark at rod@peterpaul.org. Send registration checks to: The Order of Naucratius, care/of the Rev. Rod Clark, 2310 Stewart Road, Mission, Texas 78574.

Bishop's Golf Classic - benefiting Camps Scholarship Fund
The Republic Golf Club
November 2
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Spirit of Water, Spirit of Aloha
Mustang Island Conference Center
November 2-4 
This retreat led by the Rev. Ben Nelson will explore how water and hospitality are woven through the Christian faith, and is hosted at our conference center on a barrier island in Texas' Coastal Bend region - Mustang Island Conference Center. Registration and more details coming soon.

Cursillo #280
Camp Capers
November 8-11
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Cursillo #280 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, November 8-11. This three-day retreat gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others in their everyday environments. Rectora for the weekend is Courtney Duffield, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Paul Frey. Register through the link above or learn more here.

Diocesan Altar Guild Workshops
Bishop Jones Center
November 10

The annual diocesan Altar Guild gathering will be held Saturday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bishop Jones Center, San Antonio. Workshop topics include the Seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, as well as Understanding Rubrics in the Book of Common Prayer, and Recruitment and Retention of Altar Guild Members. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Dee Whiteside at 210-507-7914.

Holiday on the Island
Mustang Island Conference Center
November 16 - 18
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Give thanks and gather 'round the table at Holiday on the Island, with its new dates the weekend before Thanksgiving. Join with other families and your own at Mustang Island Conference Center for a long weekend filled with good food and warm memories; Family Camp is open to all. Register using the green button or visit the Mustang Island Conference Center page for more information about accommodations and pricing; scholarships available.

Happening #141
St. David's Episcopal Church, San Antonio
November 16 - 17
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Happenings are spiritual renewal weekends for older high school students, led by their peers. The Diocese of West Texas sponsors three weekends each year in Episcopal churches throughout our region. Each one begins Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. sharp, and wraps up around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. It is a lock-in, so prepare to stay the entire weekend. Register through the link above, contact the Happening Board with questions (dwtxhappening@yahoo.com), or learn more here.