Our Mission

At this point six Oblates were called to come together as an Oblate community here. Our mission is to to offer hospitality and renewal to other Oblates, to provide spiritual guidance to retreatants who call this House of Prayer their spiritual home, to minister in Southeast Texas parishes offered to the Oblates by the Bishop of the Corpus Christi diocese, and ,when possible, to assist in prison ministry in the area.

Although the focus and direction of this formerly eremitical house of prayer has changed, the presence and ministry of the Oblates continues, in this remote area of Southeast Texas.

It is our hope to help alleviate the priest shortage in the Corpus Christi Diocese as well as to accompany the retreatants whose numbers are increasing as the pandemic diminishes. While the focus and direction of Lebh Shomea has changed, Oblate La Parra Center will continue the warm hospitality, welcoming spirit, reflective quiet, and spiritual guidance that has been the hallmark of this unique Oblate community.