Welcome to the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northwest Texas --a place where the vast open plains are as wondrous as the big sky above! As depicted in the pectoral cross of Bishop J. Scott Mayer, the stars, moon, and sun are representative of the beauty one may find in this region of Texas. The landscape, covering 77,000 square miles is as diverse as the cities and people, with the canyons and rangelands of the Staked Plains; agricultural fields abounding; and the rough and ready country of the Rolling Plains. The people here are known for their warm and friendly smiles, making one feel like an old and trusted friend.
On Monday, March 23rd, participants in the diocesan program, Fresh Start, participated in a retreat held at Christ the King Catholic Retreat Center in San Angelo, TX. Fresh Start was a program of CREDO Institute for clergy who are new to their position, whether it be simply a new call to a different parish, or recent seminary graduation. Recently the program transitioned to The Episcopal Church Foundation, making it available to a wider audience, including lay and clergy congregational leaders.
In the past the Fresh Start program met monthly to create a sense of community for new clergy in the diocese, as well as to learn techniques and gather information to assist them in their call. Each month their time together focused on one or more modules of the Fresh Start curriculum, designed to serve as a resource for the clergy, as well as time to visit and reflect in their colleague group, and create new friendships with other new clergy and the diocesan staff.