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MONASTERY • SANCTUARY • RETREAT CENTER
We are Mission of Divine Mercy (MDM), a small Catholic religious community.
The focus of our apostolates is the Person of Jesus and His Eucharistic Presence; and the hope that His Mercy gives. This is the essence of what we hope to share with others.
Mission of Divine Mercy is also the name of the place where we live and carry out our ministry. It is located in the rural hill country, halfway between San Antonio and Austin. Most people just refer to our center as “the Mission.”
“Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.”
The Mission serves three functions:
The Mission is home to our MDM community which is comprised of priests, religious sisters and brothers, and consecrated laymen and laywomen. We are a semi-contemplative community and invite the public to join us for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and other prayer times.
The Mission seeks to be a sanctuary of God’s Mercy by providing a peaceful, natural setting where people can come on their own to spend quiet time drawing closer to Our Lord. One way of doing this is by taking “A Walk with Jesus and Mary,” a self-guided pilgrimage using various prayer sites at the Mission.
Retreats are the prominent feature of our apostolate. We offer a slate of MDM organized retreats in English and Spanish, such as our Saturday Morning Reflections, and most notably, the four-day Encounter With Jesus silent retreat. Regrettably, we are not structured for individual overnight retreats.
You are warmly invited to the Mission!
In our current culture, almost anything goes. But the Mission is different. It is consecrated to Jesus and Mary. Experiencing the Mission begins with respecting Them, the people around you, and yourself. This includes how we dress.
“When I experienced my reversion, the biggest obstacle by far was a lack of trust in Our Lord, the desire to profess a sincere faith while taking care of my own business as I thought fit & keeping the control of it to myself. Once in Confession, the priest told me to say: Jesus, I trust in You, over & over & over & over again throughout the day, 250 times or more if necessary, & he promised that over time, it would seep into my mind, heart, & soul, & Our Lord would make it true. And so it was… I recited/prayed it when the kids were out late & I was worried, when I couldn’t sleep, thinking about work, finances, health, family, society, the world, what have you, & it was very soon effective in gaining for me that much-needed rest, when I got into a difficult spot while driving, in dialogue w/ a co-worker, anywhere, anytime, under any conditions….. — & today I can & will shout it out from the rooftops that I am a different self because of this simple, direct, repetitive practice, a different person, living a different life in Him, Whom I trust. Praise God!” – Monica
“The reverence with which Father says Mass here always helps me to quiet my noisy mind and focus on what is happening at the altar. It doesn’t matter whether it is a big feast day or an ordinary weekday Mass, the reverence for the Eucharist is always the same.” – Paul
“The ‘Walk with Jesus and Mary’ was a great, simple spiritual getaway for me. The booklet was really helpful.” – Emily
“I have never felt so close to the Lord: the setting, the land, the different places to sit with Jesus.” – M
“Here at the Mission was the first time I found the ‘silence’ that I so longed for…. The silence is where I not only hear my God speaking and sense His pruning, but also filling me again so that I can be of service.” – P
“Just a quick note to thank you for all the hard work the Community and staff put into all the Holy Week services. Everything was under control and so amazingly organized. This was my second experience of the Walking Way of the Cross and I was so, so touched by the readings.” – Christine
“I’ve been enjoying the messages of Faith & Trust so much! They are like a life raft in a sea of anxiety this year. My friend and I talk about them with each other, and I know they have been a blessing to her in this time of new parenthood.” – L
“I want you to know how grateful I am that the Mission is once again providing a Holy Hour! That time is so precious to me. My world is full of constant motion and noise, and Adoration is the one place I truly find peace.” – Cathy
“I hope [with this contribution] that I buy a Brother some new shoes. I hope that it buys a Sister a new habit. I hope that I can kneel before the Lord on the day of my judgement and say: ‘With the money You gave me, I helped to provide a fighting uniform for one of Your warriors.’” – Patrick
“A few weeks ago, my wife and I drove to the Mission of Divine Mercy from San Antonio for the first time. It was a most enjoyable and peaceful experience for us both. We will be back. Wonderful work you are doing. Jesus I Trust In You.” – Bill