Stella Maris Campaign

Set Sail with Us!

The Need

When we look around the world today, what are so many people lacking in their daily lives? Hope. Without a sense of direction or purpose, so many people live day-to-day, tired and without hope.

Pilgrim Center of Hope was founded to answer that need. We are a non-profit, Catholic ministry—missionaries of hope, guiding people to encounter Jesus in daily life.

The Good (and Bad) News

Pilgrim Center of Hope’s current facility is a former convent. Since our founding in 1993, the ministry and need for hope have grown. Our existing Center is now exceeding its capacity for serving visitors, event participants, volunteer training, storage, restrooms, and parking.

Some ministry opportunities are simply impossible.

The Solution

Responding to the need for hope that we are seeing today, this growing ministry is building an additional Evangelization Center to provide opportunities for people to encounter Christ through multimedia, interactive, educational, personal experiences.

PHASE I – Acquire 6.8 Acre PropertyCompleted

Founded in 1993, Pilgrim Center of Hope purchased the property in 2013.

PHASE II – Property ImprovementsCompleted

  • Maintenance projects such as new signage, pest control, and facility updates
  • Prayerful Ambience improvements include Outdoor Stations of the Cross, statuary, and aesthetic landscaping
  • Security & safety improvements include a 1,200 foot cedar fence (eight feet high) and trimming dozens of trees & moss removal

PHASE IIIBuild Evangelization CenterIn Progress

Stella Maris Center

  • Conference Seating

    210 persons at round tables (approximately double capacity with theater style seating)

  • Modern Facilities

    Event stage and multimedia capabilities will provide opportunities for presentations, days of spiritual renewal, and interactive pilgrimages for those who cannot travel abroad

  • Exhibition

    Internationally-renowned “Who Is the Man of the Shroud?” exhibition (in Rome, Jerusalem, and 7 other cities) will be a permanent installation & educational experience

  • Resource Room

    Offering prayer and evangelization resources to visitors, so they can daily live what they learn & experience here

  • Prayer Garden

    Adding to Pilgrim Center of Hope’s existing Outdoor Stations of the Cross, this Prayer Garden will include an eight-foot tall crucifix and seating for meditation

  • Parking

    Accommodating individual vehicles, including buses

  • Restroom Facilities

    Indoor restrooms to accommodate exhibition visitors & event participants

On the occasion of Pilgrim Center of Hope’s 25th anniversary, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., blessed the future construction site of Stella Maris Center, after celebrating Mass in the PCH Chapel (Gethsemane). Now that we have this blessing, we begin seeking funds.

The people who have experienced your ministry connect with the Lord and the Church in new ways, and that is invaluable. May the Lord continue to bless the work and ministry of Pilgrim Center of Hope and thank you for your faithful service to the Church and the people of God.
– Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, Archbishop of San Antonio

How You Can Help

Pray. This initiative is under the patronage of Our Lady, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris), and Pope Sts. John Paul II & Paul VI, St. Thérèse of Lisieux & St. Teresa of Calcutta—all of whom are important to the life of this ministry. Ask these saints to pray with you!

Share the News. The more people know, the sooner we can meet the need! Please share this news, and bring family & friends for a visit to Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Give Today.The budget for the completed project is $2 million.  This figure includes the building’s construction costs, parking lot, and furnishings. Four $500,000 Cornerstone Sponsors will receive recognition alongside one of the initiative’s patron saints on a cornerstone.

Pilgrim Center of Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and gifts are tax-deductible. While this ministry has the blessing of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Pilgrim Center of Hope is independently sustained by donations from individuals, groups & businesses. Every gift to this vital mission helps!


JDM Associates
Jack McClellan
Principal Architect

Gonzalez Newell Bender
Francisco D. Gonzalez
Principal Architect

Seventh Generation Design
Scott and Pam Carpenter
Principal Architects

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