The parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe dates back to the month of
April, 1907. It was located on the corner of 5th and Guadalupe
Streets. The Holy Cross Fathers were in charge of the parish
until 1925 when the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate took over
the direction of the parish.
The first Oblates to come were Father Jose Prieto
as pastor and Father Francis Mysliwiec as associate.
Great was the rejoicing at their arrival. The
new Pastor had come from the Pro-Cathedral of St. Augustine, Laredo,
Texas with all the experience of sacred oratory he learned in Spain
and France. He was well prepared to revive the ebbing spirits
of the Mexican Americans. He began by preaching a two week's
mission, and so great was the attendance and the consequent fruit of
the mission that it immediately became
necessary to seek a more ample site for the church and the school.
On the other hand, the new families which were
coming in, were located mostly to the east of the city. For
this reason the Catholic Mission Guild purchased the site which is
now occupied by the church of Christ the King, and a short time
later Father Francis Balzola O.M.I., successor to Father Prieto
O.M.I., bought the land which now comprises Guadalupe Parish.
He tore down the church and school at 5th and Guadalupe, and with
the materials left over constructed the new spacious church which
was blessed on the 5th of September 1926. The property
acquired for the new church already had a school on it. To
complete the parish plant, the Father's rectory was built in