Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission
Religious, Cultural and Historical Marker to Remember the Founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission
This historic Catholic church, built in 1899, has been designated as a religious, cultural and historical monument to remember the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Santa Cruz de San Saba Mission, two miles east of Menard, in 1757 by the Franciscan missionaries and their companions.
Sadly, the mission was destroyed on March 16, 1758, and two of the three Franciscan missionaries of the mission were killed – Father Alonso Giraldo de Terreros, OFM, and Father Joseph de Santiesteban, OFM. They are truly called “Martyrs of the Faith.”
The civic, ecumenical, religious dedication of this monument was held on June 9, 2007 in a ceremony led by Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI of the Diocese of San Angelo.
Location. 30° 54.986′ N, 99° 47.134′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Beavans Street and Canal Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the northeast corner of church building. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Menard, Texas / The Old Sacred Heart Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); The Lafora Map / An Apache Encampment (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Ditch" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort McKavett C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (about 600 feet away); Menard County Memorial of Those Who Died (about 600 feet away); Great Western Trail (about 600 feet away); Oliver Prince Smith (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menard.
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.