Stella Maris Campaign
When we look around the world today, what are so many people lacking in their daily lives? Hope.
For the first time, more Americans identify as non-religious than as Catholic or any other faith.
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 nonprofit, Catholic ministry – missionaries of hope – guiding people to encounter Jesus in daily life.
Hopes & Challenges
Our current facility is a former Teresian convent. Since Pilgrim Center of Hope began in 1993, both the ministry and the need for hope have grown. The existing center is now exceeding its capacity for serving visitors, event participants, volunteer training, storage, restrooms, and parking. Some ministry opportunities are simply impossible.
Response to the Call
Responding to the need for hope that we are seeing today, this growing ministry is building a multipurpose evangelization center and exhibit hall on the existing PCH property to provide opportunities for people to encounter Christ through multimedia, interactive, educational, personal experiences.
Throughout our lives, we often ask the question “why?” The answer is discovered in the Truth – in the person of Jesus Christ, our Savior. His Mother, Stella Maris, will guide us to him. – Mary Jane Fox
PHASE I – Acquire 6.8 Acre Property – Completed
Founded in 1993, Pilgrim Center of Hope purchased the property in 2013.
PHASE II – Property Improvements – Completed
- Maintenance projects such as new signage, pest control, and facility updates
- Prayerful ambience improvements include outdoor Stations of the Cross, statuary, aesthetic landscaping and planting of trees related to the Holy Land, and a custom-built, wooden ‘Galilee boat’ for private/group meditation that features an 8-foot crucifix
- Security & safety improvements include a 1,200-foot cedar fence (eight feet high) and trimming dozens of trees & moss removal
PHASE III – Build Evangelization Center – In Progress
Phase III Progress Report – Completed thus far:
- Verification of Plat
- Topographic Survey
- Tree Survey
- Geotechnical Investigation and Report
- Initial Drainage Study
- Initial Code Analysis
- Programming and Analysis
- Preliminary Site Plan
- Preliminary Floor Plan
Stella Maris Center
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). With this blessing and encouragement, we have begun seeking funds for the construction of the center.
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
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How YOU Can Respond to the Call
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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!