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Restoration Brick Paver Fundraiser Project


Historic Home

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) arrived in Brownsville in 1849 after the Bishop of Galveston requested their help.  
Construction of the Gothic Revival style building began in 1856 using 250,000 bricks made by tithes by parishioners.                                                                                                                                                                           
The Cathedral has gone through some rough times.
 It has survied hurricanes,
and even explosions.
 In 1980, Immaculate Conception was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Now, Our Church Needs Your Bricks Again!

 The restoration of our beloved home is in need of additional funds. There are still maany items in want of repair.  


The Sacristy roof repair is still on going since there were insufficient funds at the time of theal roof repair.

The Main entry doors fronting 12th street are expected to be replaced to their original design.

The 1935 Kilgen pipe organ is in need of upgrades and a new console. 

We now have an opportunity to leave a lasting imprint in our religious home.  


As an effort to help raise money for our beloved church's restoration, we are offering:

Personalized Brick Pavers that will be placed in the front walkway of the Cathedral for all to share and admire.

The laser engraved bricks are guaranteed for life, with permanent paint that will never wear away.  





Personalize Your Bricks

The bricks can be personalized with names, dates, scriptures, verses or quotes about faith.

You can also purchase a brick to honor a family member, celebrate a child, or recognize a special person, group or professional organization.


Your Brick Will Be

a Visible Historical Reminder

                For Generations             




Cost of Bricks

4"x 8" Paver w/o clip art - $150

8"x 8" Paver w/o clip art - $300

8"x 8" Paver with clip art - $325

12"x 12" Paver with clip art - $500

We are also offering mini-replicas of your brick for $25.

An Exact Replica of the Brick Installed!

They can be used as paperweights or desk Trivets.

All Proceeds will go to the Restoration of the Cathedral

Sponsorships Available

Call 546-3178 or come by the office at 1218 E. Jefferson


Special Discount When You Purchase 4 or More Pavers

Purchase Four 4"x 8" Pavers and Receive $100 Off the Total Price!

 Purchase Four 8"x 8" Pavers and Receive $200 Off the Total Price!

Purchase Four 12"x 12" Pavers and Receive $500 Off the Total Price!

Brick Markers of America (BMI)

Incorporated since 1997, Brick Markers® USA, Inc. has been a privately held corporation committed to just one thing: providing the finest quality products.

Brick Markers’ patented laser engraving processes (Vitralase®and Vitrix®) are the “gold standard” of the industry.  Laser engraving processes use a high-powered laser system to engrave each brick or tile.  

BMI’S patented vitrification laser engraving process provides a permanent and attractive mark that offers the ultimate in durability and features a lifetime warranty.

Although Brick Markers® USA provides a lifetime warranty on all of their products, they are proud to say that, since the inception of the company, they have never even been asked to replace or repair any of their patented laser engraved product due to deterioration or illegibility of any kind

Some of BMI’s satisfied customers include Lambeau Field Stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers, Prudential Center Championship Plaza, home of the New Jersey Devils, the University of Alabama Coleman Coliseum, and the Community Veteran’s Memorial in Munster, Indiana.

History of Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Father Adrien Pierre Telmon, one of the first Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to Brownsville and built a small wooden church and celebrated the first mass on June 29, 1850.  The church was located between East Adams & Jefferson Streets.

Father Jean Marie Casimir Verdet started the design and construction of a larger church to replace the temporary wooden structure.  He died one month after the cornerstone was laid when his boat capsized enroot to New Orleans to purchase lumber for the new church.  The cornerstone for Immaculate was laid on July 6, 1856.  

Father Pierre Yves Keralum, was an architect in France before becoming an Oblate.  Originally he was sent to Roma, Texas but was transferred to Brownsville to take over the construction of the Immaculate Conception Church.

The church was built in a Gothic Revival style. It all became a reality through the generous contributions of its parishioners throughout the years.  Over 250,000 clay bricks were made for the church in the village of Santa Rosalia, 3 miles east of the old town site of Brownsville.  The cathedral has a blue canvas arched vaulted ceiling that at one time was covered with gold stars.  The pulpit was built of native mesquite by a local cabinetmaker and a concealed spiral staircase provided access to the pulpit

In 1866, a parishioner gave $1,400 for the purchase of chandeliers, which were ordered from a factory in Paris.  That same year, Captain Mifflin Kenedy donated $2,000 for three bells for the bell tower.  These bells bare the names and christening dates of the Kenedy children.  The smaller bell used in the original wooden church structure was moved to the tower as well.  These same bronze bells ring today in Brownsville’s downtown area, announcing each Mass.  On another occasion, and under the supervision of Father Parisot, a Kilgen pipe organ featuring 340 pipes was purchased for the church.  Father Parisot traveled throughout the Rio Grande Valley on horseback for 15 days collecting livestock donations and then raffling the livestock for $11 each to raise the $1,450 needed for purchasing the pipe organ.

The Gothic Revival style church was completed and blessed on June 12, 1859.  In comparison, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, also Gothic Revival, laid their cornerstone in 1859 and was dedicated in 1875.  

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