Hillin honored at Triennial Luncheon

Linda Hillin, parishioner of St. Francis, Canyon Lake, was recognized at the Honored Women Luncheon at the Triennial Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women, being held in Austin, Texas. Triennial is held every three years at the same time as the Episcopal Church's General Convention, the official governing body of the Episcopal Church. The National Episcopal Women’s History Project established the tradition of recognizing an honored woman from each diocese, and the celebratory luncheon was held on Sunday, July 8.

honored-womens-luncheon---hillin.jpgHillin was chosen among the Honored Women from each church in the diocese at Diocesan Council in February earlier this year.  There was a two-year process in place by the Commission for Women’s Ministry for each church to nominate a woman – or women - in the congregation to be honored for their ministry within the church. A “Most Honored Women” celebration was held at the annual Spring Women’s Gathering in April 2017, and all the chosen women were given a luncheon in their honor at Diocesan Council 2018.

At Diocesan Council, Hillin learned that she would go forth to Triennial on behalf of all the honored women in the Diocese of West Texas. “I am so honored to be included in this group of women from across the Episcopal Church,” said Hillin, following the luncheon at Triennial.

“It was just wonderful,” said Hillin, “and so nice to have the crew from St. Francis and all of their support. I am humbled to be part of this, and it was so enjoyable.” Hillin beamed with her appreciation.

honored-womens-luncheon-1.jpgHillin has been a member of St. Francis, Canyon Lake, since 1979, and she, along with her mother, Imogene Howard, were founding members of the church. In the original submission that chose her to be the Most Honored Woman from St. Francis, it was stated that Linda “puts into practice Romans 12:13, ‘Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality,’ and 1 Peter 4:9-10, ‘Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift they have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.’”

Hillin is among the first to reach out to newcomers to St. Francis, holding dinners to welcome them in her home. She helps in the church office, folding newsletters and brochures and editing a weekly email. Her husband, Jay, cares for the church grounds, and often Linda is found on the riding lawnmower while he runs the weed-eater. 

Hillin-Reed-Triennial.jpgHillin offers crafts nights in her home and serves a meal and desserts, and she is often the one cleaning up the hospitality coffee and cookies after church services. She incorporates her creativity into everything she does and is always willing to help others craft and design various projects.

She is a wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother, and takes her roles seriously, attending every Grandparents’ Day breakfast, swim competitions, and sharing her love of sewing and game playing with her grandkids, all while caring for her 94-year-old mother.

St. Francis summed up their submission form for Hillin, by saying, “Did we not mention? She is just plain fun to be around.”

The Diocese of West Texas has recognized and sent forth Honored Women to past Triennials. They include: Marjorie George in 2015, Ellen Martin in 2012, Betty Chumney in 2009, and Peggy Ogden Welsh in 2006. The diocese also recognizes our holy woman, Dr. Artemisia Bowden, who is now listed among the saints in "Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints," and her official day of commemoration is August 18 on the Episcopal Church calendar.