Oblate Renewal Center -- a Conference and Retreat Center

  • Oblate Renewal Center
  • A ministry of Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas
  • A Retreat Center
  • A Conference Center
  • Main entrance
  • St. Joseph Chapel
  • Dining room
  • Beverage bar: always open!
  • Two beds per room, plus private bath
  • Large conference room
  • Small meeting room
  • Library with wi-fi

Oblate Renewal Center
5700 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216-6615
Tel: 210-349-4173 Fax: 210-349-4281
E-mail: orc@ost.edu


An atmosphere of quiet, peace and hospitality radiates from this oasis of sacred ground. It is a source of strength for the mind, the body and the spirit…a place where your soul can soar while your body finds peace and refreshment.

A refreshing and relaxing retreat within the city

For over 45 years, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have presented retreats for clegy and lay people, with stays ranging for several days to weeks, on the site of the facility. It is conveniently located in north central San Antonio, near the International Airport and Interstate Highways, but exudes a sense of seclusion, natural beauty and peace.

Beautiful surroundings in a peaceful atmosphere

A sheltered arcade connects the stucco and tin roofed buildings of the retreat center. Ample walkways meander through the 41 acres that are also home to the Oblate School of Theology. It is a wooded, inviting landscape that includes trees planted by the Oblates themselves, plants and flowers native to South Texas and an outdoor environment for Stations of the Cross.

An ideal location for religious conferences and work shops

The 50,000-square-foot Oblate Renewal Center is a spiritual and visual oasis for individuals or groups of up to 118. The facilities include three conference rooms, breakout rooms, library, classrooms and 59 private rooms for over-night stays. The spacious dining room with its bay window framing the beautiful tree-studded campus and grand foyer entrance enhance the sense of connectedness to the natural surroundings. In addition, during the summer months, our guests also have access to the OST swimming pool.

The renewal center chapel, also known as the St. Joseph Chapel, is the worship facility available to conference or retreat participants. The Lourdes Grotto and Shrine also adjoins the Renewal Center grounds and houses an adoration chapel.

The lodging facilities for participants are spacious and inviting while maintaining their simplicity and privacy.

Spiritual direction from a warm and caring Oblate staff

Ongoing spiritual direction is available for retreat groups or individuals. Retreat directors provide both listening and support while helping the individual notice and respond to the movement of God as experienced in prayer and everyday life-helping each to look honestly at his or her relationship to God. Spiritual direction enables participants in retreats to encounter a new sense of wholeness.


The Oblate Renewal Center is located adjacent to the Oblate School of Theology (OST) main campus which features the Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel and adjoins the beautiful Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest and the Tepeyac of San Antonio. (Click here for a map.)

Aside from its obvious appeal as one of the nation’s most desirable tourist destinations, San Antonio offers three Catholic universities as well as OST and numerous cultural institutions including the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) – a national center for research, education, leadership formation and publications on Hispanic Ministry offering Programs in language, cultural awareness, and pastoral ministry.

The bilingual, multi-cultural city offers many opportunities to experience diversity and cultural exchange.