A Haven for Prayer
The purpose of the Spiritual Renewal Center (SRC) is to offer the people of the Diocese of Victoria and other guests a haven for prayer, reflection, and spiritual nourishment. The Spiritual Renwal Center also serves as a unique meeting place for organizational learning and training conferences. The Incarnate Word Chapel is a beautiful part of the center and is equipped for a variety of uses.
The Spiritual Renwal Center also serves as a unique meeting place for organizational learning and training conferences. The SRC can accomodate 140 people in an over night capacity. The Spiritual Renewal Center features multiple buildings for couples and groups. Onsite conference, dining facilities and
meals prepared by a full-time cook staff are provided.
In Communion with Nature
The Spiritual Renewal Center is located on approximately 40 of 200 rolling acres, owned by the Diocese of Victoria in Texas. It is nestled along the banks of the San Antonio River. This location of is a perfect setting where the pure sounds of nature contribute to this ideal setting for prayer and contemplation. Near the cluster of cabins stands a huge oak tree, estimated to be over 2000 years old, under which settlers rested and shaded themselves from the South Texas sun.
Birds, deer and squirrels populate the grounds and fish plow the river's waters nearby. Just off the river bank a pecan grove is scoured nightly by ferral hogs that roam through the area. The wild flora and fauna offer themselves for contemplation and thanksgiving for all the natural beauty placed here by the Creator. This scenic setting offers endless photographic possibilities.
The History of the Spiritual Renewal Center
The Spiritual Renewal Center is the realization of one of the principal goals set by the Diocese of Victoria since its inception on May 29, 1982. Groundbreaking for the Spiritual Renewal Center took place in April of 1987. Most buildings of the center were constructed out of cedar logs to be rustic in appearance. Building structures and surrounding landscape were designed to be rugged, inadvertent reminders of pioneering days and a slower paced lifestyle.
Due to South Texas weather conditions the original Chapel and some of the cabins were in need of reconstruction. The chapel was reconstructed, new sleeping quarters and a new multi-purpose building were completed in 2009.
The following amenities are available: Outdoor Stations of the Cross, a pavilion for use by the youth and for others during inclement weather (by Summer of 2016), a beautiful chapel, accessible parking, and new sidewalks.
Additions that are planned for the Spiritual Renewal Center include additional sleeping quarters; a grotto; and a Marian trail (where one prays the rosary as he/she reflects on the mysteries of the rosary).
For more information contact:
Deacon Joe Duplan, Administrator
718 Gussie Schmidt Road
Victoria, Texas 77905
Center (361) 572-0836
Cell (361) 894-1699