We also had a very good business meeting. We then finished with a town hall meeting and Eucharist.
It was a good meeting. While called a retreat there was not a lot of "retreat" to it. Your bishops work very hard from 8 in the morning till 9 at night. The day as you can read about below is filled with meetings and gatherings undertaking the work of the church in its various incarnations.
The Spirit of the House was good. It is my perception that we are committed to one another beyond our divisions. The spirit of collegiality and common work is very high. I feel as the Bishop of Texas that I am finding my way within the wider community of the House. I am finding my voice and participating in areas of our common life that are of interest to me.
Bishop High was missed. As he is drawing near to his time as our Bishop Suffragan he thought it best to tend to matters at home. It is clear that he and Pat are as beloved within the wider community of Bishops as he is in our own Diocese. I assured his many friends that he would be with us again in time.
I was proud to stand next to Bishop Harrison who is well regarded and sought after within the wider House for her insight, truthfulness, and leadership. She is not only a very important member of our diocesan life, she plays a leadership role within the wider church that should make all of us in the Diocese of Texas very proud. I continue to be grateful for her partnership and friendship. I assure the wider church is grateful for her ministry!
She is on her way home to host an IONA meeting between 7 other diocese and the Seminary as we share the resources of our school throughout the wider church. I leave tomorrow morning to join our administrators in San Antonio for the BEST conference. I will be serving on a panel of other bishops. Stephanie, Alice, and Martha are leaders within this community of Bishops' administrators and I am going to support them in their wider community. Then I will be at a gala for St. Mark's Episcopal School Houston Friday night, and at Palmer on Sunday. Sunday night we have a fundraising dinner for Camp Allen - then after long last I can have a day with my family.
Texas...I am proud of our diocese, grateful to be your bishop diocesan. We are doing good work in partnership with many around the Episcopal Church in the 17 different countries and the wider communion. I am looking forward to coming home and rejoining the local effort! This has been a good meeting of the House of Bishops.
Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, D.D.
IX Bishop of Texas
Sent from portable while out of office.