The Lord’s Ranch



Needing to relocate the summer youth program called Camp Juan Diego, Father Thomas found 160 acres in between El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, which he bought and named The Lord’s Ranch.

Ironically the Lord’s Ranch was never used for Camp Juan Diego. The Lord had other plans. The land was cultivated  into orchards, vineyards, and vegetable gardens to raise food for the poor. Dairy cows and goats were purchased and breed and began producing large quantities of milk that was then made into cheese. The vast majority of the produce and dairy products were taken across the border and distributed to the poor at the Lord’s Food Bank in Juarez, Mexico.

Then after a decade and a half of farming and running a dairy, the Lord indicating a change of direction yet again. First came Texas Root Rot, a disease that slowly yet systematically destroyed all the orchards and vineyards at the Lord’s Ranch.

The Early Days

The Early Days