Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese is a listing of upcoming events sponsored by the Diocese of West Texas' departments and ministries.


"Desire Beyond Desire" - A Spirituality of the Mountain Retreat
Duncan Park
August 22 - 26, 2019
Led by the Rev. Mike Marsh, join us as we reflect on what it means in our lives, and consider how we might live a mountain spirituality. Moses met God on Mount Sinai; Elijah heard “a sound of sheer silence” on Mount Horeb; Jesus led Peter, John, and James up the Mount of Transfiguration. Mountains rise within us as a spiritual landscape, an inner geography, a desire beyond desire. Cost is $475, travel not included. For information about Duncan Park, click here.

"Pathways to Hope: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness" Conference
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio
August 23 - 24

Join Pathways to Hope for a free, community-wide conference on mental health, co-hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, St. Mark's, San Antonio, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and other San Antonio churches and organizations. This two day conference will include morning presentations, afternoon workshops, and "Youth Against Stigma: a Youth and Family Event" on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Click here to view the event flyer. For more information and registration, visit

World Mission Symposium: "Youth, Money, and Mission"
Bishop Jones Center, Mission Room
August 24, 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
The 2019 World Mission Symposium will feature three speakers, luncheon, and Eucharist. The St. Helena's, Boerne Youth Group will share the inspiring story of how their youth group sparked a church wide re-dedication to mission. Keith Earle, from St. George, San Antonio, will speak about their Episcopal School's annual fundraiser, "The Chain of Love," to support facilities improvements, teaching materials, and teachers at their partner church in Mombin Crochu, Haiti: St. Benoit Church and School. Then the Rev. Jerry Kramer, our representative in the Kurdistan region will share the ongoing story of "Love for the Least." The registration cost is $20. Click here for the event flyer. For more information, contact Marthe Curry, Director of World Mission, Director of World Mission, at

Ecumenical Adaptive Leadership Summit - "Being Church in a Changing World"
Woodland Baptist Church (15315 Huebner Rd, San Antonio)
August 24, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grow confidence as a thoughtful, strategic, change-leader, building on your tradition and commitments. This one-day seminar will introduce adaptive leadership concepts including how to identify technical and adaptive challenges and explore adaptive systems of observing, interpreting and intervening. Open to clergy, deacons, and lay leaders from several denominations (Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and Hispanic Baptist), and co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, this resource-rich day will be led by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director for LEAD. Join local leaders for an encouraging and equipping seminar that takes your ministry seriously. Regular registration costs $35 per person, through August 9th; registration after August 9th will cost $50. Click here for the event flyer, and contact the DWTX Congregational Development department at for more information.

Labor Day Family Camp
Mustang Island Conference Center
August 30 - September 2
Spend Labor Day weekend on the beach with Mustang Island Family Camp. Your family will stay in a beautifully furnished room with a private deck and view of the ocean. The program begins on Friday afternoon/evening with Check-In and dinner, then continues through lunch on Monday. Enjoy swimming, singing, surfing instruction, arts & crafts, delicious meals, a buried treasure hunt, beach games, worship, building sand chapels and sand castles, fishing, beach-side s'mores, youth games, and resting under a beach umbrella. Click here for more information.


Enneagram Retreat
Duncan Park
September 5 - 9
The Enneagram Retreat is for adults looking to better understand themselves and others through the Enneagram, a powerful 9-point tool for personal transformation and strategies for relating to the self, others, and the world. Elizabeth Stephens will facilitate the conversations with time for relaxation, prayer, and exploring Cost is $475, travel not included. For information about Duncan Park, click here.

Mother Daughter Retreat
Camp Capers
September 13 - 15
A weekend retreat for daughters and their moms (or mother figures) will serve as a special time to share with each other at camp. Arrive Friday before dinner and enjoy a weekend filled with good food, Bible study and worship, singing, fellowship with women of all ages, and lots of fun activities! Return home on Sunday refreshed and filled with new memories, after the closing worship service. Cost for adults is $150, cost for children (ages 6 to 18) is $110. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Camp Capers at or 830-995-3966.



114th Spiritual Retreat in Recovery
Mustang Island Conference Center
October 4 - 6
Led by the Rev. Philip May, join us as we explore “family systems” and how people form groups. These systems can help us understand the sources of addiction and give us new tools to change patterns of the past and find healing. The cost is $195 per person (includes lodging and 5 delicious meals). A $75 day rate is available for commuters. Our mission is to provide a safe place to deepen one’s spiritual journey. We offer this to anyone recovering from alcoholism or addictions to other substances, and to the families and friends who have been affected by the disease.