St. Joseph Center
St. Joseph Mission Center
serves as the hub of Basilian mission activities.
Missionaries “come home” from time to time throughout the year for rest
and relaxation or medical and dental appointments and during the summer months
to go on preaching tours throughout the
to raise money for the work in their mission areas.
is the center for all the mission fund-raising efforts.
Lay people assist with many of the daily business functions of the
center. From here, donation appeals are made and the newsletter and other
mission publications are sent out. Donations of rosaries and other religious
articles are stored here until they are taken by the missionaries to their
Rev. John L. Boscoe, Mission Procurator, affectionately known as Padre
Juan for his years of service in Mexico, in addition to keeping a busy schedule
preaching for the missions, also tends to the needs of those Basilians who are
ill and on extended recovery and to the guests of the Basilian Fathers Missions.
The Capilla, or chapel, is the heart of the mission center. It is
the place from which many prayers for the missions and their benefactors arise
and Mass is celebrated on weekdays here.
Center is surrounded by a beautiful garden area where, because of the mild
climate, flowers bloom for most of the year. Visitors may pause to pray or
follow the way of the cross.
Every year, the Pastoral Year Seminarians from nearby St. Mary’s Seminary
are treated to an old fashioned barbeque by the Knights of Columbus.
in Sugar Land, Texas
hosted a planning meeting of the Superiors of our Latin American Mission areas
on November 8, 2011.
Pictured are Fathers Alberto Ferrara (left front), Superior in Mexico,
Pedro Mora (left rear), Superior in Medéllín, Colombia, Paul English (center
rear), Fourth Councilor, René Espejel (right rear), Frank Amico (right center),
Superior in Colombia and Rector of Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Ascunción
in Cali, Colombia, and John Boscoe (right front), Procurator of St. Joseph
Center in Sugar Land, Texas.