New Indoor Chapel Created at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

The former dining room at the former Oblate Renewal Center (ORC) at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Tepeyac de San Antonio, Texas, was converted in mid-December to provide a place for Mass during inclement weather.

The indoor chapel was a welcome respite on Ash Wednesday, hosting several hundred faithful at Masses that day. The 7 a.m. service was celebrated by Superior General Fr. Luis Ignacio Rois Alonso, OMI, during his first visit to the United States since his election in September 2022 (see story, Page 16). The Spanish-language noon Mass, celebrated by Fr. Saturnino Lajo, OMI, was completely filled with worshippers. The ORC will be undergoing extensive renovations over the next two years. More details will be shared as the plans unfold.