Our mission is to provide a place for spiritual, educational, and social development for the youth of South Texas.



The Sprit Center is a dream come true for youth ministry in South Texas. In 1964, Fannie Bluntzer Nason donated the Bluntzer homestead and surrounding land to the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Sixty acres have been leased to the Fannie Bluntzer Nason Renewal Center, Inc., dba The Spirit Center. The property serves the area as a retreat center for youth groups, parishes, organizations, schools and corporate groups. Groundbreaking was held May 3, 2016, and construction began in Fall, 2016. Dedication and blessing of the facilities took place August 13, 2017.

None of our accomplishments would have been possible without the support of our donors.  We look forward to providing youth of many faiths, a place to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with God.

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Why are retreats important?

A spiritual retreat is an integral part of the Christian community. A retreat is an ideal way to get closer to God. It can help a person to rediscover his/her faith. Group church retreats can bring the faithful together, helping them to strengthen their relationship with God and others. 

The Spirit Center is special because it allows participants to connect with nature in appreciation and enjoyment of God's many gifts. Connecting with nature brings about an environmental consciousness and appreciation of everyday things

Experiencing God is beyond any earthly sensation. The Spirit Center helps lead people to open their hearts to God in prayer.
— Deacon Bob Allen

Spirit Center Board


Advisory Council

Deacon Robert (Bob) Allen - Saint Philip the Apostle
Robert Becquet – Jason’s Deli Franchisee
Deborah Galatzan
Bea Hanson – Food Bank of Corpus Christi
Gloria Hicks – Owner, Ed Hicks Nissan
Reverend Billy Storms – Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church
Bob White – Retired General Manager Channel 3



All non-profits depend on the generosity of donors and supporters. The Spirit Center is no different. We know that without the friendship and support of our donors, we would not be in existence.  

Help us celebrate the culmination of a dream for the youth of our area to have a safe place to go and disconnect from the distractions and temptations of our world and enjoy the beauty of the South Texas countryside and reconnect with God.

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