Port Isabel church to bless Oblate memorial

PORT ISABEL — In 1849, the Oblates Fathers of Mary Immaculate climbed off a boat to begin their long service to this seaside community.

PORT ISABEL — In 1849, the Oblates Fathers of Mary Immaculate climbed off a boat to begin their long service to this seaside community.

On horseback, the missionary priests and brothers spread the Catholic faith across the Rio Grande Valley, establishing missions and schools across Texas as well as the Rio Grande Valley.

On Monday, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church will bless a new Oblate Memorial Prayer Garden at 705 S. Longoria St. The ceremony will commemorate the Oblates’ arrival Dec. 2, 1849, after which they spread their faith as far north as Canada.

To fund the project, residents bought brick pavers that form the Prayer Garden’s walkway. The garden features a mural of the historic silhouette of the Calvary of Christ.

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