Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
|Diocese of West Texas|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province VII|
|Bishop||Rt. Rev. Gary Richard Lillibridge|
Location of the Diocese of West Texas
The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America whose territory comprises the southernmost part of the state of Texas, including the cities of San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville. (The westernmost part of Texas, including El Paso, is actually part of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which also covers New Mexico.)
Organized by a division of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 1874, it had (as of 2006) 91 parishes, 27,690 active baptized members, and an Average Sunday Attendance of 10,592. The diocese and its parishes sponsor twenty-six parochial schools and preschools, including TMI — The Episcopal School of Texas (founded as "West Texas Military Academy"), A boarding college preparatory school on the outskirts of San Antonio. The diocese was also instrumental in the founding of St. Philip's College, which became a public community college in 1942.
The Diocese of West Texas is part of Province VII.
There have been nine bishops of West Texas:
- Robert W.B. Elliott (1874–87)
- James Steptoe Johnston (1888–1916)
- William Theodotus Capers (1916–43)
- Everett Holland Jones (1943–69)
- Harold Cornelius Gosnell (1969–77)
- Scott Field Bailey (1977–87)
- John Herbert MacNaughton (1987–95)
- James Edwards Folts (1996–2006)
- Gary Richard Lillibridge (2006–present)
The diocese does not have a church designated as its cathedral; the diocesan offices are in the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio.
- "Episcopal Diocese of West Texas: History". Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- "Table of Statistics of the Episcopal Church From 2006 Parochial Reports (the "red book")". ECUSA Office of Research and Statistics. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
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