Category Archives: Council 2016

Order of Naucratius: Prayer, Charity, and Conservation

The Rev. Rod Clark shared about the Order of Naucratius in which members follow the words of Jesus when he said, “The people are hungry, and you feed them.”

The Order of Naucratius focuses on holy hunting and fishing where men and women donate a significant portion of their catch or kill to feed hungry neighbors.

Those involved in the Order believe, “We have known God and His glory in nature. And, we believe that our pastimes can become ministry when we live our lives by three rules: prayer, charity, and conservation.”

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Commissioning Youth In Action and a Thank You to The Rev. Stockton Williams

Saturday morning at Council began with our Daily Devotions and the commissioning of this year’s Youth in Action.

Bishop Lillibridge also called for the Rev. Stockton Williams to thank him for his 12 years of service as the Happening Spiritual Director. “Happening is an active, active ministry in our diocese,” said Lillibridge, as the youth gathered and the Council participants raised their hands as having been on a Happening weekend.

“The Happening movement is special, and it’s because of people like Stockton why it keeps growing,” said Lillibridge. Happening is a spiritual retreat weekend for high schoolers in grades ten through 12.

Williams, who will retire later this year as Rector of St. Peter’s, Kerrville, said, “I’ve been on many retreat teams – Cursillo, Men’s Walk to Emmaus – but the greatest of these is Happening because of the youth. I am so inspired by their love for Jesus. If you ever have a chance to be part of Happening, go! It is the best ever.”

Lillibridge announced that the new Spiritual Director of Happening is the Rev. Michael Koehler.

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Bishop Lillibridge’s 2016 Council Address

Bishop Lillibridge delivered his annual address to the 112th Diocesan Council, held in McAllen, on Saturday, February 19. In his address, Lillibridge called for the election of a bishop suffragan, to be held at next year’s Diocesan Council on February 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi.

Artemisia Bowden and St. Philip’s College – Audio Reports

Dr. Adena Loston, the current president of St. Philip’s College, also addressed Council, reporting that St. Philip’s now enrolls 12,000-plus students yearly in a variety of degree programs, many in vocational areas. The school graduates the largest number of licensed vocational nurses of any college in the state.

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Bob Goff Shares Joy at Council Banquet

Author and speaker Bob Goff offered an enthusiastic and energetic presentation to inspire us all to be “people who love Jesus and live in constant anticipation.” Using humor, anecdotes, and personal reflection, Goff challenged those present to love people without rules and to be present with those people who are in most need of being with others.

Through his book Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, Goff takes a journey into showing and sharing love in the way that Jesus called us to love.  In one of his more honest quotes he says, “Jesus speaks to me more through being with other people than He ever did through a thousand Bible studies.”

Goff will be speaking again during the Friday Bishop’s Luncheon and sharing more about engaging with others through enthusiastic joy. He will also be in the Exhibit Hall at The Twig Bookstore table where he is selling copies of his book, Love Does.