San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fray Antonio Margil de Jesús
Patron Saint of Texas
Born August 18, 1657 Valencia, Spain
Died August 06, 1726 Mexico City, Mexico
Fray Margil received his holy orders at age twenty-five in Spain.
For the next forty-three years he traveled by foot as far south
as Panama and as far north as Texas and Louisiana.
Fray Margil labored and offered everything for the
conversion of souls. Fray Margil sought to plant the seed
of faith, through the cross of Jesus. Fray Margil was guided
by the virtue of humility, considering himself as "Nothing."
Fray Margil would sign his letters with the expression,
"La Misma Nada." (Nothingness Itself)
In 1720 Fray Margil founded in San Antonio the most successful
of all the Texas missions, Mission San Jose.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Forts and Castles.
Location. 29° 21.727′ N, 98° 28.758′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Jose DriveTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio TX 78214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Convento / El convento (within shouting distance of this marker); Rose Window / Ventana de Rosa (within shouting distance of this marker); The Church / La iglesia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission San José / La Misión de San José (about 400 feet away); Indian Quarters / Habitaciones de los Indios (about 600 feet away); The Mission Road / El Camino de las Misiones (about 600 feet away); San Antonio Missions / Las misiones de San Antonio (about 700 feet away); Mission San Francisco Xavier de Nájera (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
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1. Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus. He always walked barefooted, without sandals, fasted every day in the year, never used meat or fish, and applied the discipline as well as other instruments of penance to himself unmercifully. He slept very little, but passed in prayer the greater part of the night, as well as the time allotted for the siesta. Source: Wikipedia (Submitted on December 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Spanish Missions. The Spanish mission was a frontier institution (Submitted on December 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 31, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.