Fr. Richard Hall, O.M.I, Grotto Director

Fr. Richard Hall is a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate a congregation of about 4,000 men who serve as priests and brothers Worldwide. He was born in San Antonio, by Jesús and Leticia Hall, now deceased. He has four brothers and sisters all living in San Antonio. He was educated by the Sisters of Divine Providence in the elementary level, and then educated by the Missionary Oblates when attending High School. His undergrad studies were in Austin, where he attended St. Edward’s University and graduated with a BA in History. After completing a year of Novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois, Fr. Hall’s graduate work took him back to San Antonio, where he completed his Master of Divinity. He professed Final Vows in 1992 and on June 12th, 1993, he was ordained priest in San Antonio. His first assignment took him back to his high school alma mater, St. Anthony’s H.S. where he served for five years as high school teacher of religion, Dean of Students, coached football, tennis and Intramurals. Fr. Hall took the Tennis team to two State Finals winning back-to-back State titles after a 14-year hiatus. After five years at St. Anthony, Fr. Hall was moved to Eagle Pass, hometown of his parents, and served there for five years as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church. He then returned to Austin where he served two years as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After two years in Austin, Fr. Hall became pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Laredo, Texas. There he worked closely with the Bishop of the diocese as Dean. He served under the College of Consultors, Presbyteral Board and the Director of the Diaconate Program. After completing six years in Laredo, Fr. Hall returned to San Antonio as Pastor of San Juan de los Lagos Parish and Shrine as well as serving as Dean to the Western Deanery. After five years as pastor, Fr. Hall was asked by his Superiors to be assigned as Vocation Director for the U.S. Province, a ministry that he served for five years. Fr. Hall will be assigned January 2022 as the Director of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto here in San Antonio. Fr. Hall also served on the Executive Board, as Co-Chair, of the Religious Formation Conference. The RFC serves Roman Catholic institutes of women and men religious with programs and services for those in the ministry and trains future women and men religious as formators of their respected congregations.