Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Father Pierre Yves Keralum
Father Pierre Yves Keralum was born in France in 1817, and worked as both a cabinetmaker and an architect before entering the seminary at the age of 28. In 1852 he was ordained an Oblate of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.) and sent to deep south Texas to assist in the missionary work of this rugged frontier territory. Father Keralum quickly put his architectural training to good use by designing Gothic styled churches through the border region. He is most remembered for his great devotion to the service of the many isolated “ranchitos” in the area. On a mission to the ranchitos in 1872 he disappeared, leaving his fate a mystery until ten years later, when his remains were discovered some four miles north of the present city of Mercedes. Apparently, the aging priest had become disoriented in the thick brush, and was unable to find his way. In the end, Father Keralum gave his life, as well as his love, serving the people of the Rio Grande Delta.
Erected by Brownsville Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 25° 54.156′ N, 97° 29.768′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker can be reached from East 12th Street west of East Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is mounted on the front wall of the cathedral, just right of the main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1218 East Jefferson Street, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Immaculate Conception Cathedral (here, next to this marker); La Catedral del la Inmaculada Concepcion (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (a few steps from this marker); The Oblates of Mary Immaculate (within shouting distance of this marker); Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1882 Cameron County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cameron County Courthouse of 1883-1914 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
More about this marker. Marker is in the Brownsville Heritage Trail series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Oblates
Also see . . . The History of Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Cathedral website entry:
Father Pierre Yves Keralum, was an architect in France before becoming an Oblate. Originally, he was sent to Roma, Texas but was transferred to Brownsville to take over the construction of the Immaculate Conception Church. (Submitted on May 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on June 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.