Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

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Diocese of West Texas
Ecclesiastical province Province VII
Congregations 87
Members 26,000
Rite Episcopal
Current leadership
Bishop The Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge
Coadjutor David M. Reed
Location of the Diocese of West Texas
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 2017) 87 churches, 26,000 active baptized members, and an Average Sunday Attendance of 10,592. The diocese and its parishes sponsor twenty-eight 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 largest parishes in the diocese are Christ Church, San Antonio, St Mark's, San Antonio, St Luke's, San Antonio and Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi.

The Diocese of West Texas is part of Province VII.


There have been nine bishops of West Texas:

  1. Robert W. B. Elliott (1874–87)
  2. James Steptoe Johnston (1888–1916)
  3. William Theodotus Capers (1916–43)
  4. Everett Holland Jones (1943–69)
  5. Harold Cornelius Gosnell (1969–77)
  6. Scott Field Bailey (1977–87)
    * Stanley F. Hauser, suffragan 1979-1987
  7. John Herbert MacNaughton (1987–95)
    * Earl N. McArthur, suffragan
  8. James E. Folts (1996–2006)
    *Robert B. Hibbs, suffragan
  9. Gary Richard Lillibridge (2006–present)
    * David M. Reed, coadjutor

The diocese does not have a church designated as its cathedral; the diocesan offices are in the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio.


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