Our Institutions


Diocesan Institutions are unique instrumentalities of the diocese designed to express aspects of the church’s ministries within the community they serve.

Besides 153 congregations and 15 college ministries, the Diocese of Texas has a number of institutions. Diocesan Institutions are unique instrumentalities of the diocese designed to express aspects of the church’s ministries within the community they serve. There are many additional ministries and programs supported by the diocese as well as those in local missionary outposts. Additionally, congregations in the diocese support more than 1000 separate outreach ministries within their communities.

Iona School for Ministry

The Iona School for Ministry has been open to lay professionals interested in theological studies. The School “without walls” was established in 2004 to train deacons and bi-vocational priests with a rigorous curriculum of academic, practical and liturgical instruction.

Camp Allen

Established in 1921 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Camp Allen is a year-round facility located one hour northwest of Houston near Navasota, Texas. Camp Allen accommodates a variety of spiritual, social, corporate, and educational events for all ages in addition to our founding summer camp program. Our 1,100 beautiful acres features a hotel and conference center, dormitory campsites, lakeside log cabins, two lakes, miles of trails, and much more.

El Buen Samaritano

El Buen Samaritano is the Diocese of Texas’ outreach and human services ministry in the Austin area. Since 1987, El Buen Samaritano has preached the Gospel to working-poor families through the holistic nature of its programs and services. By offering a hand up, not a hand-out, El Buen Samaritano provides a safety net of programs and services such as integrated health care, social services, adult and early-childhood education and community outreach, to 36,000 people every year.

Episcopal High School, Houston

Episcopal High School, Houston is a coeducational secondary school, established in 1983, to provide a quality college preparatory education within a distinctly Christian environment. Episcopal High School seeks to respond to the needs of the individual by providing a supportive environment that gives each student an opportunity to achieve his or her maximum spiritual, intellectual, creative and social potential.

St. Vincent’s House

Among our current programs are a food pantry, take-along snack packs and shower and laundry ministry to the homeless, comprehensive case management setting families and individuals on a path to self-sustainability, financial literacy, free clinics for speech, occupational and physical therapy, general medicine and multiple specialty clinics for chronic and acute care.

St. Stephens Episcopal School, Austin

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, has striven to educate young people in “body, mind, and spirit” since its foundation in 1950 by Bishop John Hines. It is a coeducational boarding and day school for 652 highly motivated, college-bound students in grades 6-12, located on a beautiful 370-acre Hill Country campus on the west side of Austin.   The school draws boarders from across Texas, 12 states, and 20 countries.

Seminary of the Southwest

Founded after World War II by then Texas Bishop Coadjutor John Hines, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin enrolls 105 students in a variety of degree programs. About one-half are divinity students with the other being working lay people who are enrolled in the part-time master of arts degrees in pastoral ministry (discipleship, spiritual formation or chaplaincy) and counseling.

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