Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Benavides: Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church and Plaza

Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church serves an active and devoted congregation in this South Texas community and holds a place in the area's Tejano history. Originally established as St. Paul's in 1887 by Father Jean Pierre Bard, the then-chapel served a largely Hispanic community that was founded when former Confederate Army soldier Plácido Benavides donated 80 acres of his massive Rancho Palo Alto to establish the community's along the Texas-Mexican Railroad.

Today, visitors and parishioners can appreciate the charming California Mission Revival style, no doubt inspired by Bard's San Diego roots. Traditional Tejano celebrations are held at the adjacent plaza, which features a bandstand, walkways, and park benches.


  • 203 E. Santa Rosa de Lima St.
  • Benavides, Texas
  • 78341



  • This is an active church. Please be respectful of services.