Mission Concepcíon
 Catholic Church
Established in 1731
 

Bienvenidos!

Welcome! 

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Photo at right:

Fr. David Garcia blesses the church entrance for the new year.

Meet The Mission Concepcíon Staff


Fr. David Garcia

Fr. David H. Garcia is Administrator of Mission Concepcion and Director of the Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio. Ordained in 1975, he was rector of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio from 1995 - 2008.

Fr. Garcia also serves since 2008 as Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach for Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States

Fr. Garcia holds two masters degrees from Notre Dame University, in Theology and Institutional Administration, and a B.A. in History from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He held fellowships at Notre Dame from 1972-1974 and at Harvard Divinity School in 1994, and did sabbatical studies at the Instituto Teologico in Mexico City in 1995 and the University of London Heythrop College in 2005.

He has published articles on religious topics for Catholic and secular press. He serves as board member of the Mexican American Catholic College.

In 2001, his parish, San Fernando Cathedral, was cited in Excellent Catholic Parishes as an outstanding parish. From 2011-2014, under his leadership, Old Spanish Missions received eight awards for restoration work, including the prestigious Texas Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

 

Click HERE to read the May 14, 2015 article in the San Antonio Express News about Fr. David.

 


Deacon Ray Jimenez is a native San Antonian who attended St. Leo the Great Elementary School and Central Catholic Marianist High School.  He received his BA from the University Of Texas at San Antonio.  After working for almost 25 years as an Adult Probation officer and Resource Training Officer, conducting training throughout the state, he retired from the Bexar County Community and Supervision Department as an Assistant Chief and currently works as a chaplain for CIMA Hospice.  Ray was ordained a Deacon for the Archdiocese of San Antonio in 2004 and is currently assigned to Mission Concepcion where he assists Fr. David Garcia with Baptism and Marriage preparation classes, conducts Vigil Services/Rosaries, Quinceñeras, as well as coordinates the Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Program at the Pax Christi Institute. When possible he also assists Fr. Edvin Rodriguez at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church.

In 1989, at a Mass celebrated by Fr. David, Ray married Rosemary Salinas at Mission Concepcion, and in 2014 they celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.  They enjoy traveling, having been to Germany, the Holy Land, Italy, and most recently Spain, where they walked part of the Camino Pilgrimage Walk to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

 


Maria Candelaria "Candie" Beltran, bookkeeper, is the third of three daughters born to Maria and Candelario Rendon. She attended St. Cecilia's Catholic School, graduated from Blessed Sacrament Academy and earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.  For 22 and a half years, she worked at the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department, starting as a detention officer and advancing to Deputy Chief Probation Officer over Detention Services.  Upon retirement, she and her late husband, Augustin Garza Beltran, travelled and enjoyed camping at numerous state and national parks.

Candie is currently teaching teens at St. Cecilia's Church the first year of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. She volunteers weekly at the Pax Christi food pantry, is active in ACTS fellowship for women, in her neighborhood association and serves as a county election judge. Candie enjoys the outdoors, camping and travelling and loves her four indoor cats plus the other four who have adopted her.

 


Mary T. Moncivais, choir director, grew up in San Antonio, TX, and attended Incarnate Word from elementary through high school graduation.  She received her B.S.W. and M.S.W. from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a licensed social worker for the State of Texas.  Her 34 year Criminal Justice career has been as a Juvenile Probation Officer and Assistant Chief at Bexar County Adult Probation.  She also serves as a Board member with the Ministry of the Third Cross and coordinates retreats for men and women in the criminal justice system.  She has been involved with the music ministry since 2002 and directing the choir with principal musician, Ricardo Valdez for the past four years. Together they plan weekly liturgical, Holy Days and special occasion music for weddings and First Holy Communion and were able to plan the music for a Priest Ordination.  Continuing education provides opportunities to keep abreast of new liturgical music and other content.  Travel is a favorite pastime.

 


Albert Rios, caretaker, is the youngest of three siblings.  He has a sister, Anita and a brother, Domingo.  Albert is a cradle Catholic being born, raised and still serving the St. Cecilia/ Mission Concepcion Community.  He attended Riverside Elementary, Page Middle School, and graduated from Wheatley High School. 

Albert was an all-star athlete beginning at St.Cecilia’s CYO and all through high school.  Albert has been a member of the Mission Concepcion community since attending his first A.C.T.S. retreat in 2007 and has been the caretaker for Mission Concepcion since 2009.  He and Ethel, his wife, were married on August 10, 2001 and were blessed to have entered the bonds of holy matrimony on January 12, 2013.  He and Ethel are blessed with a beautiful family consisting of six children and six grandchildren.  Albert serves as a Eucharistic minister, lector, ACTS Core member, and supports the Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults (i.e., R.C.I.A.) program and its studentsby attending classes and providing testimony for those wanting to complete their sacraments of baptism, first communion and/or confirmation.