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Southwest Celebrates 60 years with Presiding Bishop

By Katherine Jefferts Schori

Led by the vision of the late Bishop John E. Hines, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas formally established Seminary of the Southwest 60 years ago in Austin. Southwest primarily has prepared men and women for parish and diocesan ministry; however, laity have found degrees and programs at Southwest to further their calls to minister in the world.

Southwest offers master’s degrees for ordained ministry and for people seeking education and formation for counseling certification, chaplaincy and pastoral care, spiritual formation, and religion. Alumni serve in all 50 states, 23 countries and six continents around the globe. The fulltime tenured faculty teaches the core theological courses and professional chaplains, licensed counselors, and scholars teach as adjunct faculty.

Seminary of the Southwest has 124 students from across the USA enrolled in its degrees. Sixty-one percent of students receive financial aid for tuition through the seminary’s scholarship aid and work programs.

Two days after we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, Seminary of the Southwest will welcome Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to our campus for the 60th Anniversary lecture and festivities.
We are looking forward to her time with us on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27-28.



The full schedule of events follows:

Tuesday, November 27

11:45 a.m.       Presiding Bishop will preach and preside at Spanish language Eucharist in Christ Chapel. Alumnus Jeffrey Hahn has given Southwest an icon of our founder and former Presiding Bishop John Hines and the icon will be blessed at this service.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.        Lunch in Howell Dining Hall followed by conversation with Presiding Bishop in Knapp Auditorium

5:30 – 6:45 p.m.          Reception and book signing Striking Up for a New World: A History of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, 1970-2008 by Charles James Cook.

Please purchase books in the Bookstore for Charlie to sign in Weeks Center Rotunda.

7:00 p.m.         Lecture by Katharine Jefferts Schori in Knapp Auditorium followed by reception Only available seating is in Room 210 McDonald Building for live stream viewing. RSVP to view lecture live from your computer.  

Wednesday, November 28

10:30-11:30 a.m.         “Theology, Science, and Culture: A Conversation with Katharine Jefferts Schori”  Interview of Presiding Bishop by Professors Anthony Baker and Scott Bader-Saye in Knapp Auditorium.  RSVP to view interview live from your computer. 


We’re very excited to be welcoming many alumni and friends of the seminary to campus for this wonderful celebration of Southwest’s 60th Anniversary.







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