Mass Was Held Under This Oak As Early As 1849
In 1917, the Texas Historic Landmarks Association voted to protect and memorialize this well-known live oak tree that can be found in the parking lot of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels. They held a dedication to ensure that the tree would be forever protected and recognized. Miss Adina de Zavala, the daughter of the provisional vice president of the Republic of Texas, was one of the primary orators.
During the ceremony, the Association placed a large stone monument at the base of the tree. Etched in the stone are the following words: “Folklore says that here, in the dawn of Texas history, stood an Indian village in which one of the early missionaries lingered many days; that here a vision of the chief’s daughter freed the first German in Texas. Tradition says that under this tree Mass was offered by the Abbe Em Domenech in 1849.”
While the tree has witnessed centuries of history, the stories behind them will not likely be resurrected. However, we do know that the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church was not built until 1871. That means that for at least 22 years, mass was not held inside, but rather under the boughs of this landmark live oak tree.
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