The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate accepted their first ministry in San Antonio, Texas in 1884. They soon expanded their work to dozens of neighboring counties. In 1903 they founded Oblate School of Theology which today is one of the premier Catholic theology schools in the country.
In San Antonio, the Oblates are currently responsible for several multi-cultural parishes. They also operate the Oblate Renewal Center retreat house. The Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac de San Antonio provides liturgies and other spiritual enrichment programs throughout the year and welcomes pilgrims from around the world as an eternal sign of hope for all who visit.