My most cordial welcome to OblateMissions.org
Thank you for making this your home, a place where we share our work and efforts with you to bring a message of hope to the poor and the most abandoned. This is the mission of the Missionary Oblates, and of thousands of people like you who join us with prayers and financial support in our quest to the most remote places in the world.
Here, you will find information about our missions in places like Zambia, Africa, where the Missionary Oblates from the United States Province have ministered since 1984.
We will also keep you informed of the efforts to respond to the most urgent needs coming from our missions. Also how you can continue to give hope through your generosity and prayers.
With great pleasure, we will also share with you the religious and educational activities that take place in our Lourdes Grotto and the “Tepeyac de San Antonio”, our spiritual and missionary center in San Antonio, Texas. This unique setting of our Grotto is where we place our missionary efforts and you who share in our mission, in the loving hands of our Blessed Mother under the double advocation of Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Guadalupe. And from here, we will remember in prayer the intentions and needs of you, our benefactor, in our daily masses, and in the twelve Novenas that we celebrate at the Grotto throughout the year.
As OblateMissions.org becomes your home, we hope that you find this site a pastoral resource for you, your family and your faith community. Our intention is to help you grow stronger in your faith and bring you hope to better respond to life’s everyday challenges.
Again Welcome… Bienvenidos, ¡Esta es su casa! This is your home!
Fr. Lajo, was born in Valladolid, Spain. He studied philosophy and theology at the Oblate Scholasticate in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, from 1958 until 1963 when he was ordained as an Oblate priest. In 1971, he received a diploma in Adult Catechesis from the University of Salamanca, and in 1978 he received a Master’s degree in Education from Pan American University. Father Lajo arrived in Texas in 1968 and served at the Brownsville Diocese for 10 years where he developed a Spanish-language Adult Catechesis program. He was also a consultant to the “Virgen de San Juan Del Valle” Shrine and produced a weekly radio program distributed to 31 stations in the United States. Since 1995, Fr. Lajo has been the Associate Director for Spanish Language Development at Oblate Missions and today, he continues to lead Centro de Comunicación, having authored and published several books and audio courses for Adult Catechism. From 1981 to 2005, Fr. Lajo was also part of HTN, Hispanic Telecommunications Network and served in the Board of Directors, and as Executive Producer for “Nuestra Familia” a nationally syndicated TV program. Currently, Padre Lajo is the Oblate Director of Oblate Missions and Associate Director of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto & Tepeyac de San Antonio.