Announcing Clericus 2016 (Diocese of the West)

Posted by Administrator on Dec 29 2015
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WHAT: The annual Clericus of the Anglican Diocese of the West, with the theme; "Journey Through the Kingdom," an overview of the meaning of life as seen by Christians who have a sacramental and eucharistic life, together with some instruction on how to do it and how to teach it. 

WHEN: February 1-3,

Monday, Feb.1: Registration opens at 4pm, Evensong is at 5pm, and the Bishop's Reception is after dinner (dinner is included in your fee).

Wednesday, Feb. 3 Sessions will conclude at 11:30am. The concluding lunch, as usual, will be at Chope's (or LaPosta or Double Eagle in Mesilla if by some awful circumstance, Chope's is closed).

In between will be worship, prayer, discussion, presentations, interaction, conversation and a little time for questions and comments on the approaching Convocation (but limited, so as not to ruin a Clericus with jurisdictional politics). The festive pontifical Eucharist will be later Tuesday afternoon.

WHERE: The Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla, NM (as usual).

               600 Holy Cross Road

               Mesilla Park, NM 88047

               Phone: 575-524-3688


Their website gives directions. Interstate access is I-10. Airport and Amtrak access is El Paso, TX. Closest city is Las Cruces, NM.

Holy Cross is a Franciscan community in one of the later colonial settlements along the Rio Grande, not far from the older 17th century villages. It is an area of acequias, farms and orchards.

Weather in early February would normally be dry, in the 60's daytime and 40's at night, with spring in the air. This winter is not normal anywhere, so who knows? We might begin with a blizzard and end with a tropical storm. Best advice for clothing, therefore, is to layer. 

The center provides basic room items: towels, bedding, soap, etc. Rooms are first and second story, so if you can't do stairs, let us know. The facility itself is accessible.

WHY: The Diocesan clergy are a community, and most value the occasion to come together in worship, continuing education and community, The Clericus addresses the need we all have for Christian formation, and recognizes it is best done in the context of a worshiping community.  


1) Email: for the registration form. Cost is $160 for individuals and $260 for couples and is all-inclusive (two nights, five meals, reception, conference cost).

2) Dress is casual, but cassocks are invited for clergy on Tuesday. There is no need to bring vestments except for those participating in officiating or serving at one of the worship services.

3) If you need a ride from Amtrak or the airport, let us know as soon as possible.

WHO: The Clericus is for all the clergy and candidates of the Diocese of the West. Others, lay or clergy, are most welcome as well.

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