Claretian Mother House
Renovated and Rededicated
Our Mother House in San Antonio, TX, is the physical, historical, and emotional center of our Congregation’s beginnings in this country. In the early 1900s, the first Claretians came to the United States from Spain through Mexico. They came to San Antonio at the invitation of the bishop. The diocese urgently needed the Claretians to take charge of the Cathedral and to energize the spirit of the faithful in the city.
We have completed the renovation and preservation of the Mother House to ensure this historic structure will remain strong and regain its central function well into the next century. We worked with the city’s Office of Historic Preservation from the early research stages of this project through our completion.
We celebrated the completion of this momentous project with a Blessing and Rededication Mass and reception on May 17, 2013. We were honored to have the Archbishop of San Antonio, Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, bless the Mother House. We are also forever grateful to our friends and benefactors and parishioners for their prayers and generous support of this project; we could not have accomplished this without you!
The Claretians and the Archbishop in the photo above are standing on the front steps of the Mother House for the Rededication. They are:
(back row): Fr. Mark Brummel, Fr. Stephen Sherwood, Fr. Len Brown, Fr. Luis Dussan, Fr. Bruce Wellems, and Fr. Mark Clarke.
(front row): Fr. Rosendo Urrabazo, Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Fr. Paschal Amagba, and Fr. José Sanchez.