Archdiocese of San Antonio
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Dedicated in 1931 as a shrine to St. Therese of Lisieux, the "Little Flower," the Basilica began as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese Church, under the direction of Spanish Discalced Carmelite friars who came to San Antonio in 1926 by way of Torreon, Mexico. The Basilica was built during the Great Depression, following the 1925 canonization of St. Therese. The Basilica is still under the direction of the Discalced Carmelite friars of the Province of St. Therese, and it stands today as a monument to the great faith of the devotees of St. Therese. Its notable size, beauty, and spiritual significance led to the Shrine's placement on the National Register of Historic Places and its elevation to the status of Minor Basilica within the Catholic Church, both in 1998. It is a center of spiritual and apostolic activity, where we invite you to renew your commitment to God and begin a new journey in faith.
We here at San Juan de los Lagos Parish and Shrine take great pride in knowing that we fall under the patronage of Our Mother, San Juan de los Lagos. A parish situated in the west side of San Antonio since its founding in 1952. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a congregation of
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine was founded in 1911 to serve San Antonio's Spanish-speaking population, many of whom fled the 1910 revolution in Mexico. Struggling to minister to the influx of refugees, Bishop Drossaerts commissioned the construction of the current sanctuary, which was completed
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