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Mo Ranch . . . Only in Texas

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mo ranch outdoor chapelLast week my church enjoyed a retreat at Mo Ranch in the Hill Country of Texas (about 90 minutes from San Antonio; 30 minutes from Laity Lodge). Mo Ranch was not named for Moe of Three Stooges fame, but for Daniel J. Moran, who owned the ranch before selling it to the Presbyterian church. Mr. Moran was the chairman of Conoco Oil Company. (Photo to right: The outdoor chapel)
We had a great time at Mo Ranch, which is a large conference center. One of the highlights of the weekend was worshiping in the outdoor chapel. The view was fantastic.
rattlesnake mo ranchOne of the children found an interesting view right behind the chapel. She spotted a snake resting underneath an oak tree . . . a rattlesnake, to be exact. I’m glad to say she knew enough to stay away. But I must say I’ve never seen a rattlesnake during a worship service before. In my Presbyterian tradition, we don’t do much snake-handling! (Photo: A sleeping rattlesnake. It’s right in the middle, a bit hard to see if you don’t look carefully.)
The photo below shows one of the meadows at Mo Ranch. What a delight!
mo ranch meadow



  • J. Falconer

    Rev. Roberts, Thanks so very much for sharing the Texas hill country photos. The photos are exceptional! Yes, our family saw plenty of snakes in the woods of Texas– maybe the human kind in California!-Ha! Ha! We loved the Three Stooges joke-I’m old enough to remember the TV show. It was hilarious! God Bless Again & have a great Weekend!!

  • John C Key

    I started to say “Now Mo Ranch…THAT is a reason to stay with the PCUSA”, but of course at Mo Ranch “whosoever will may come!

  • http://www.quotidiangrace.blogspot.com Quotidian Grace

    I’m glad you discovered one of the great treasures of the state of Texas! I grew up going to Mo-Ranch for summer camp, church retreats, etc. from the nearby San Antonio area. Now that we’re in Houston, we still are willing to drive the 5+ hours it takes to spend a weekend at MO.

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