Milestones in Fannie Bluntzer Nason Renewal Center, Inc.’s History

May 27, 2016


The Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament came to Brownsville, Texas to establish the order in America.


The Sisters arrived in Corpus Christi and served in a variety of educational and spiritual ministries.


The Sisters received the Bluntzer homestead and the adjoining property as a bequest in Fannie Bluntzer Nason’s will.


The Sisters reviewed ways to continue to engage in viable ministry. Criteria included fidelity to the mission of the congregation and the wise use of resources.


A feasibility study for the expanded use of the property was completed. The study indicated a definite need for a Catholic retreat facility for the people of South Texas. A conceptual plan was drawn up and a proposal to develop the property was approved.


A covered pavilion and a number of campsites were completed. Articles of Incorporation were filed for the Fannie Bluntzer Nason Renewal Center, Inc.


A clear title to the Bluntzer property was received, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were officially adopted.


Fannie Bluntzer Nason Renewal Center, Inc. was included by the Diocese of Corpus Christi in the Official Catholic Directory, giving the corporation 501 (c)(3) status.


The Sisters established a Board of Directors with delegated responsibilities to develop the renewal center plans to serve the mission. Specific directions included plans which use environmentally friendly and functionally efficient construction.


FBNRC, Inc. Board of Directors began doing business as “The Spirit Center”.


A strategic planning process conducted by Richardson Philanthropy Consultants, and a second feasibility study by Dini Partners were conducted. The architectural plans by CLK Architects and Associates were completed in preparation for the Capital Campaign.


Capital Campaign fundraising began.


Fulton Coastcon selected and awarded the construction contract to build the facility.


The Board of Directors approved a Master Plan Redesign implementing two phases of construction. The Capital Campaign was revised and a goal was set to secure the revenue for Phase I and begin construction.


Implemented our first signature fundraising event called “Spirit Center Celebrity Dinner”. Completed and closed Phase I to include the feasibility study, architectural designs, engineering, planning, and fundraising of $2,623,620 from 275 donors. Began raising $2.2M for Phase II of the Capital Campaign.

2014 – 2015

Continuing with fundraising efforts including writing the closing campaign grants for the revenue needed to break ground.

2016 – 2017

The Fannie Bluntzer Nason Renewal Center, Inc. Board of Directors approved a groundbreaking date of Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to begin on The Spirit Center Youth Facility which included a Dining Room/Activity Center and Youth Dormitory housing a total of 96. Construction on facility scheduled to be complete and open for business by the summer of 2017. Fundraising efforts through presentations, direct mail, grant proposals and annual Spirit Center Celebrity Dinner continues.