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LA LOMITA CHAPEL
La Lomita, Texas

5 miles S of Mission
13 miles SW of McAllen

Photos courtesy Ken Rudine

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La Lomita Chapel, La Lomita Texas
The old chapel at La Lomita was repaired and furnished in 1928 "as a precious relic of the past and a Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe." A hurricane in 1933 caused damage which was repaired in 1939.

The chapel is also the site of frequent reported sightings of a ghost. Usually seen as a woman suspended in air while praying, she is believed to be the spirit of a nun.
La Lomita Chapel showing ghost, La Lomita Texas
Photographer's Note:
We arrived at the Chapel about 11am and spent most of an hour there. My wife Yvonne parked us near the restroom area. In anticipation, I turned on my camera as I walked about 30 yards to my first photo. Now facing the building about 40 feet away, I composed a frontal shot in the ground glass, I didnít like this angle but suddenly I noticed a figure in the doorway. I looked up, directly at my subject to see a pale object. Instinctively, I tripped the shutter.

A standard drawback to digital cameras, there is that split second time-lapse between pressing the shutter release and the exposure. I examined my frame and found nothing unusual. I began to doubt my eyes and felt whether I had seen the well publicized chapel entity or not, my photo could not prove it. That being accepted for now, I proceeded to make many more exposures inside and outside the 108 year old building.

Still lamenting over what I should say about my visit, I closely re-examined that first exposure which was now on my laptop. Low and behold, there was an image in the darkness of the doorway. This was the vindication I sought. My photo proved that I saw and photographed something. Less than 3 minutes later, I was inside the Chapel and alone. But what I saw in the doorway was a transparent ectoplasm I illustrated.
La Lomita Chapel altar, La Lomita Texas
La Lomita Chapel flowers and statue, La Lomita Texas
La Lomita Chapel door looking in, La Lomita Texas
But this is not the entire story. The outside of the building is old, weathered and stained. The grounds of about ten acres are chain-link fenced and open only during daylight hours. Through the fence, during twilight it is possible to see these stains as figures, which seem to float in the air. Ė Ken Rudine, February 11, 2007

For more ghost sightings: see Forum: Haunted Chapel of La Lomita
La Lomita Chapel and  trees, La Lomita Texas

La Lomita Chapel Historical Markers

La Lomita Chapel Historical Marker, La Lomita Texas
La Lomita Chapel Historical Marker text, La Lomita Texas
La Lomita Chapel Plaque,  La Lomita Texas

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Photos copyright Ken Rudine
First Published February 16, 2006
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