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Immaculate Conception (Lourdes Grotto)

 

Across from the Starr County Courthouse in Rio Grande City, stood an obvious point of interest.  There was a church there with a park like area on the corner.  We visited the area and quickly noted the grotto in the back.  Evidently, back in the 1920’s, a priest was assigned to this parish from France.  He decided to build an exact replica of the Grotto at Lourdes (I sure it’s a scaled replica).  Anyhow, very interesting.  The church, not so much so.  The church is named Immaculate Conception, which I think was a favorite of the Oblate priests that were responsible for much of the early Catholic Missionary work in the area.

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