Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Oblate Grotto

The Oblate Grotto is a massive and Catholic place of worship that can be found in San Antonio, Texas.  Regulars and passerbys can both on the dense spiritual presence felt at this place of worship. Unlike orthodox churches, the Oblate Grotto is a church that holds all of its events and services outside rather than behind closed doors. Attendees notice that this change can bring a huge wave of comfort and spiritual attachment to the site which only furthers the religious experience that the Grotto was meant to give.

The Grotto encompasses an area of five acres and in this space, there are two reconstructions of paramount religious events. The first is a recreation of Tepeyac Hill in Mexico and where Our Lady appeared before Saint Juan Diego as Our Lady of Guadalupe. During this meeting, Our Lady asked that a shrine be built in her name and there, Juan Diego received the beautiful image of Guadalupe to convince the bishop to construct the site.

The other religious location is the resemblance to Lourdes in France where San Bernadette had her Marian Spirits apparitions. Having this spiritual connection to a woman who saw in person the religious spirits only adds to the experience and allows for a deeper understanding of the faith.

The Oblate Grotto is a famous worship site where thousands visit yearly to receive an experience that cannot be felt on a daily basis. Many people have had their lives and point of view changed as a direct result of the events held here and there will be many, many more in the years to come.

Works Cited

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1757

San Antonio, Texas: The Oblate Grotto and Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

St. Stanislaus Church

 

St. Stanislaus Church's front entrance, taken from the parking lot on a sunny afternoon.
The front entrance to St. Stanislaus Church

Known for being the second oldest Polish parish in the United States, St. Stanislaus Church stands far from the busy main street in Bandera, closer to the original survey location and modern day suburbs. The current limestone structure was built in 1876 by Polish immigrants who first settled the area in the 1850s. Gothic styling dominates the exterior of the church, while the interior is much more conservative, reflecting the parish mission of being focused on Catholic teachings.

 

The church is flanked by several buildings on the surrounding streets, with two old rectories for nuns, now a museum and church office, an adoration chapel (Now the priest’s quarters.), and the now defunct St. Jospeh’s school, which serves as a meeting hall for local christian groups.

 

Castroville’s Original St. Louis Church

Photo of St. Louis Church in Castroville, TX
St. Louis Church in Castroville, TX | Courtesy of Tyler Sleeter

Castroville’s original St. Louis (Catholic) Church is one of only a handful of remaining churches built before Texas was a state.  It sits on the grounds of a convent that maintains and cares for the structure.  The parish has a newer church a block away.

Photo of historic landmark placard on St. Louis Church in Castroville, TX
Historic St. Louis Church in Castroville, TX | Courtesy of Tyler Sleeter

 

 

This is an amazing piece of Texas history that serves as a reminder of the age some of these small communities.  The church has been a commonality for Catholics in the Castroville area since it was built as it remains the only Catholic church to serve the community.

Treadaway Hall

Picture of building entrance
Picture of dedication plaque
Photo by Louie Diaz

Named after Brother Thomas Treadaway–St. Mary’s registrar from 1938 to 1969– Treadaway Hall initially housed Marianist brothers and served as a scholasticate.  Today it functions as dorms for students, contains its own chapel, and serves as archives.

St. Mary’s School of Law

St. Mary’s School of Law is located in San Antonio, Texas and is one of nine law schools in Texas accredited by the American Bar Association. Established in 1927 as the only private Catholic law school in Texas. St. Mary’s School of Law equips aspiring AttorneySt. Mary's University, Law School entrance, San Antonio, Texas‘s with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in the court room. The St. Mary’s school of Law provides a number of academic programs including, clinical programs, study abroad, the largest legal information center in San Antonio, and regional and national moot court and mock trial competitions.