What is the Prayer Brunch?
The Prayer Brunch gathers the faithful from across the region for exquisite brunch and a nationally-renowned speaker to deepen attendees' relationship with Christ, providing tools and resources for spiritual growth, while acting as the sole annual fundraiser for nonprofit Catholic evangelization ministry, The Pilgrim Center of Hope.
- Silent auction - including gifts, jewelry, artwork, and items from Catholic holy sites across the globe
- Delicious brunch prepared by the Omni Hotel chefs
- Outstanding keynote address by a nationally-renowned guest speaker
- Powerful testimonies to God's greatness through the transforming work of The Pilgrim Center of Hope
- Opportunities to support this Catholic evangelization ministry in South Texas.
2012 Prayer Brunch
Keynote Address: "Encountering Christ" by The Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio
Known for his poignant stories and authenticity, The Most Reverend Oscar Cantú is the second-youngest Catholic bishop in the United States of America. Some observers have proposed that Cantú, the first U.S. bishop born following the close of the Second Vatican Council, represents a strong new generation of Catholics.
Serving as a member for The Pilgrim Center of Hope (PCH) Advisory Board, Cantú has a deep relationship with the Center and its mission. He has served as spiritual director during a PCH pilgrimage of prayer and solidarity to the Holy Land, traveled as a pilgrim with PCH to Rome and Assisi, and been a speaker for its Catholic Men's Conference.
Cantú’s father immigrated to the United States as a young man, working in Chicago - where he learned to be a machinist. Tired of the cold weather and the long distance from his native country, he moved his wife and two children to Houston, where Oscar was born. He was ordained a priest in 1994.
From 2004 to 2007, Cantú co‐hosted a radio show in Houston called Show of Faith, with a Jewish rabbi and a Protestant minister. Bishop Cantú has continued to participate in interfaith dialogue and conferences. He has also been involved in The Metropolitan Organization. Its mission is to publicly address important social issues in the community such as fair housing, immigration, education and many others.
Bishop Cantú is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. His episcopal coat of arms centers around a table, symbolizing the family dining table and the altar. His motto: "Zelus Domus Tuae Comedit Me" (Psalms 69:9), meaning "Zeal for the Lord's house consumes me."
Why a Benefit Event?
The Omni Hotel at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230