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Silent Retreat for Men and Women, Nov 17-20th, at the Moye Center

Sponsored by the Diocesan Retreat Society, Diocese of West Texas The Moye Center, Castroville The Silent Retreat is the oldest non-parochial ministry in the Diocese and the only Diocesan retreat where silence is the primary spiritual practice. The Silent Retreat community comes together for the Daily Offices of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline. Holy Eucharist is celebrated each day in the convent Chapel. Communal silence is nourished by sharing the holy space of this former motherhouse of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Silence begins on the first evening after Compline and ends with the Peace at Sunday’s Holy Eucharist. Silence is also practiced during all meals in the comm

Believing Thomas

musings on the church calendar from one who seldom doubts The subject of this month’s discussion is a relatively new honored person from the Diocese of West Texas of the Episcopal Church. On August 18, 2016 we shall be remembering the distinguished educator Dr. Artemisia Bowden in our liturgical proceedings. Her saintly life was examined by both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops meeting at the 78th Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church. Dr. Bowden was born in 1879 at Albany, Georgia. She was the daughter of Milas and Mary Bowden. In 1902, Bishop Steptoe Johnston of what was then the Missionary Diocese of West Texas contacted Artemisia who was a 1900 graduate of St. August