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Hotels that have our back!

We have had some issues with overbooking at a few of our Council hotels listed on the Hotel page.  I do not anticipate any issues upon your arrival and check-in for your reserved rooms.  However, the McAllen Visitor’s Bureau has connected us with several “standby” hotels if any issues arise.

Radisson Hotel (Full Service) ($79)
2721 S. 10th Street
Contact: Omar Guevara

Doubletree Hotel (Full Service) ($129)
1800 S. 2nd Street
Contact: Laurie Pulido

Drury Inn ($99)
300 W. Expy 83
Contact: Greg Castillo

Hilton Garden Inn ($99)
617 W Expy 83
Contact: Melissa Torres

All hotels have shuttles that are available to take you to the McAllen Convention Center.

radissan hotel

Reserve Your Banquet Table Now!

Pennant decorations await those who have made a donation to Vital University Mission by purchasing a reserved table at the Friday Council Banquet. We have already raised $4,600 with 23 Reserved tables from 17 wonderful churches (large and small), and of course our own two bishops. Current tables assignments shown below (as of 2.16.19)

It’s not too late to add your church to this list with your own $200 contribution.  (Registration as closed) Click HERE to go directly to the “Council Table Reservations” contribution form.  This registration will be open until 12 noon on Friday, Feb 22nd, just in case your Pages convince you that Vital University Missions in the Valley is worth your gift!

For full information on the Friday Banquet visit the Banquet Page.

Last Day to Register

Registration closes today at 10:00 pm!

We hope you are ready to see us as much as we are ready to see you! But first, you must register to come to Diocesan Council, February 22-24 (barely a week away!)

Online registration for CHURCHES (clergy, delegates, alternates, and clergy spouses) and VISITORS closes on Monday, February 11.

If your registration is not paid online, mail your checks to the diocesan office ASAP at:

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
P.O. Box 6885
San Antonio, TX 78209

All CHILDCARE registrations also needs to be completed by Monday, February 11. This is for children ages infant through 2nd grade. No walk-ins can be accommodated.

Registration for all YOUTH and SPONSORS attending Youth in Action must register by Monday, February 18.

Complete your registration today, and plan to get your bags packed. Clergy, remember your pressed vestments; stole color is green. We’ll see you soon!


Calling all Daughters of the King

Help create an environment of continual prayer for the three days of Council by signing up for an hour or more spent in the Diocesan Council Prayer Chapel (Boardroom 1.)  To make this a diocesan-wide ministry we invite all to participate with a goal of three Daughters each hour.  Simply select your times through SignUpGenius at:  After you check the “Sign Up” button you will be asked to enter your first and last name, email, and mobile phone number.  You can return at anytime to change your sign up or add more hours.  For additional information stop by The Daughter of the King Exhibit booth #4.

Full details of the Diocesan Council Prayer Chapel and all Worship times are available on the Worship page (see left-hand navigation.)


Cookies Wanted

Love to Bake!  Here is another opportunity.  As you pack your car for the trip to McAllen, include a dozen or so of your favorite cookies.

Deliver to room 102C at the McAllen Convention Center between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb 20th and between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Thursday, Feb 21st.

Council Hotel Rooms

It’s definitely time to finalize your hotel room needs for Diocesan Council, February 22-24, in McAllen.

Call your hotel directly and update your existing reservations to the correct names of people attending.  Visit the Hotel page for contact information.

If you have extra rooms at Embassy Suites, CAMBRiA, Home2 Suites or LaQuinta to return, please allow the diocesan office to re-assign those rooms.  We have a current waiting list of churches moved to offsite hotels due to overbooking issues.  Email the following information to and/or

  • Church
  • Name on reservation
  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Number of rooms
  • Bed types

If you cancel through the hotel, our rooms are lost.  Consider giving your unneeded rooms back so that others can enjoy Walking in Love to the McAllen Convention Center.

2019 Registration Open

Council Signup

Registration is now open for all Council attendees.  Look to the pages on the left under the “Signup” section for additional information.

Our registration process will be very similar to last year with three (3) primary registration forms

Also on the Registration page find help files and payment information.  Use the Navigation bar on the right side of this website  ( for the many events and activities during our time gathered as a diocesan family.

Youth in Action Signup

And Speaking of Registration – full details and links to the Youth and Sponsor registration forms are also available on the Youth in Action page.

Celebrating their 10th year, Youth in Action returns with a call to serve and reach out to our community in love, as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  This annual event beginning Friday Feb 22 and concluding with Worship at St. John’s, McAllen Sunday morning February 24, 2019.

Hotel Update and PreCouncil Dates

The block of 75 rooms at Embassy Suites has now been fully reserved.  Our original room block for ALL eight hotels was 400.  With about 125 now reserved, there are still 275 rooms available for your selection.

Next up – CAMBRiA Hotel and six (6) others, equally as good!  The Bishops, and speakers will be at the CAMBRiA, while diocesan staff is split between the CAMBRiA and Home2 Suites. Click for Hotels page.

And while you are here visiting take a minute to record your convocation’s January/February PreCouncil meeting date on your 2019 calendar.  Click for PreCouncil page.

McAllen Hotel Rooms Available Now

Council 2019 will be held Thursday, February 21 – Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the McAllen Convention Center.  Since our last visit to the Valley in 2016, four hotels have been constructed on the convention center property, and are within easy walking distance to the convention center.  In addition, the diocese has contracted with four other nearby hotels for additional rooms.  This year’s diocesan attendees will have a variety of choices as to location, pricing, and amenities.

To see all the details and contact information click here for the  2019 Hotels page.