One year later,
we remember ...

photo of Father Kelly


April 19, 1936 - September 11, 2014


There, my soul surrendered itself
-- together with all that I have --
into his service
Now, I tend no other flock
Or hold any other office
Except the work of love alone.

(The Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross)




photo of cross and sky


Give your servant lebh shomea (a listening heart)
so as to be able to discern (1 Kings 3:9).


Jesus would always go off to some place
where he could be alone and pray (Luke 5:16).


These two texts embody the spirit of Lebh Shomea House of Prayer at La Parra Ranch located in Wild Horse Desert, six miles due east of the small South Texas town of Sarita.  The purpose of the House of Prayer is to assure a milieu and to furnish a place where a person can go off to at any time in order to be alone and pray.  Lebh Shomea stresses the silent listening of the heart - contemplative prayer.