The Commission for Women’s Ministries hosted the “Honored Women’s Luncheon” before Diocesan Council began on Thursday, February 22. Women who were voted by their church as the “honored woman” were recognized and given a yellow rose and a beautiful power blue framed embroidered canvas naming their distinction.
Linda Howard Hillin, the Honored Woman from St. Francis by the Lake, Canyon Lake, was chose to represent the group of honored women at the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Triennial Gathering, which meets this summer in Austin, Texas, in conjunction with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Patty Brooke, Spiritual Director and retreat leader from St. David’s, San Antonio, was the keynote speaker, and said, “Women have always been here, building up the church, mostly behind the scenes, and women are involved all over the diocese and across our whole denomination.
“The Honored Women today responded to a call to ministry just as Mary did the Angel Gabriel, and their gifts have been humble and sacrificial. We, as women, answer with a joyful ‘Yes!’ that glorifies Jesus.”
Brooke said some callings lead to vocations, and we are all called to be disciples, to be vessels of grace. “We are charged as a community of women to do the very work that belongs to Jesus and called by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to be part of the Jesus Movement,” said Brooke.
She invited all the women present to spend time with God, to listen and respond to his call, to “touch, taste, and smell your way to the holy.
“When we take the first step – it is the first of many to come – and it is a joyful yes,” Brooke said.
You can read more about the process of choosing the Honored Women in the diocese here.
Read Patty Brooke’s keynote address here.
Read the poem “We are Women” that Brooke read at the luncheon here.