Thursday, Oct 16, continued – After our lunch, written about in the previous post, we traveled about a mile down the river to visit a historical mission. La Lomita (the hillock) was first built in 1865. When the City of Mission, Texas, was founded in 1908, the city was named “Mission” in honor of La Lomita Chapel. Now, La Lomita Chapel is a religious shrine and a favorite site of historians that provides a glimpse into an important part of the history of Mission and South Texas in general.
La Lomita became an important site for the Calvary of Christ, the missionaries who rode up and down the Rio Grande Valley visiting widely separated Catholic churches, baptizing newborns, performing marriage ceremonies and blessing the dead.
Church records indicate that La Lomita was rebuilt in 1899 with stones carved from the hill it was built on.
Pretty surprised that the church is left open, and the many religious relics are not bothered.
We had a wonderful few hours with our friend, John. Thanks for sharing this Mission with us.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!