Harvey Relief - Schoenstatt Shrine

**Updates can be found further down the page**

About me:

I am a father, husband, and parishioner at Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, TX and have been active in helping relief efforts in Texas since Hurricane Harvey paid a visit.  A family friend spoke to me about an effort in Rockport and after visiting them and assisting with clearing out dead trees and debris, I felt like I could still help out in another way: by helping raise funds for those things I couldn't help with.
I am not a member of the Schoenstatt, however I want to help them restore their once-beautiful property back to the condition it was in prior to the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. 

The Schoenstatt Shrine:
The Schoenstatt Shrine in Lamar (Rockport), TX was hit very hard when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the area.  Located just a few hundred feet from the coastal waters, the property faced the full force of the storm as it came on shore.  The nuns, not wanting to leave the building, rode out the storm and worked to keep the interior of the property as dry as they could once the storm was clear and felt safe to move around the grounds.  

Donation Details:
The Sisters have been accepting donations of clothing, supplies, and volunteer labor since the storm passed and the water receded, however they are needing financial help to assist in the rebuilding costs of their property.  There is machinery to rent, workers to pay, items to replace inside the buildings, landscaping to restore and more.  Your donation, less the amount GoFundMe assesses for their processing, will go directly to the Schoenstatt Sisters in their efforts to restore their property back to pre-Harvey condition.

I indicated $10,000 as the goal, but whether we hit this or not, all funds donated will go to the Schoenstatt Sisters in Lamar (Rockport). 

You can learn more about the Sisters and their mission at their website: http://schoenstatt-texas.org/

As of September 21:
Some cleanup has already taken place and work has commenced to repair the damaged rooftops on several structures.  I went down and helped them clear out some fallen trees and spoke with Sr. Lorena who is coordinating the volunteer efforts for the property recovery.  It was through speaking with her that I learned about their financial need as they have received the donations listed above already. 

If you wish to volunteer your time, there is contact information on the website to reach out and schedule a visit for a person or group.

Thank you for taking time to read this and for anything you wish to donate!

Matthew Angotti

Photos from the property after the storm passed:
A collpased garage on the property.

Outdoor open picnic area/recreation area smashed by the storm (still looks like this as of 9/21).

Wall alongside the founder building on the property.  The brick has been picked up as of 9/21.

Another shot of the garage showing a truck under the covering.  This had been hauled away as of 9/21 but the foundation and tools remain.

Some of the damaged trees and landscaping on the property.

Schoenstatt Shrine with roof damage (update photo below) and landscaping damage.

Old tree on the property that was split in half during the storm. 

Some shots from my visit on September 21:
Entry sign to the property

Outer wall damage, building on the property with roof repair ongoing in the background.

Shrine with roof tarped, waiting for repairs.

A general shot of the property after some cleanup had begun.

This is the same large tree that had split.  It is being handled special since it was so old and large. 

Additional note:
The landscape clear has started and debris piles have been made on the property for easy pick up.

As of  October 19th:
I went and visited the shrine again this past Thursday, the 19th.  My goal was to get some updated photos for the campaign, meet with Sister Mary Kay Gonsalves and help with any projects they had around the property in the short time I would be there.  

Roofwork being done on the Shrine before rain comes in

The old roof has been stripped and the new roof has been started.  Broken windows have been replaced.

On this building the exterior wall which had damage has been removed here and the building is being prepped for new brickwork to be done.  Farther to the right the broken and twisted railing was removed and replaced.

This building is also having roofwork done.  Tarps are hanging to keep the exposed structure safe from the elements.


Debris on the property itself has been cleared (with few exceptions), however the stacked debris on the roadside is still a reminder of the storm's fury.

This was the location where the pavillion had collapsed.  The rubble has been removed and the tables and benches have been placed on the slab.

A tree blown over during the storm in the cemetery. The headstones are now cleared but were covered by fallen tree limbs.  Thankfully no headstones were damaged.

A pile of tree limbs in the cemetery collected and waiting to be hauled to the street.

Another shot of the fallen tree in the cemetery.  It is being prepped for removal to the side of the road.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Matt Angotti 
Organizer
San Antonio, TX
Sister Mary Kay Gonsalves 
Beneficiary
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