New Oblate garden in Port Isabel

PORT ISABEL — Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Monday will bless a new Oblate Memorial Prayer Garden at 705 S. Longoria St.

The ceremony will commemorate the Oblate’s arrival here on Dec. 2, 1849, from which they spread their faith as far north as Canada.

To fund the project, residents bought brick pavers which form the Prayer Garden’s walkway.

The garden features a mural of the historic silhouette of the Calvary of Christ.

Founded in France in 1816, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate launched its Texas mission with five Oblates in 1849.

By 1883, 41 Oblates served the mission, establishing schools in Galveston in 1855 and in Brownsville in 1865.

Meanwhile, they served in East Texas from 1853-1855 and in South Texas, beginning in 1849.