Noche de Gala 2023 – Rekindling our Souls

April 22, 2023 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm St. Luke's Parish 4603 Manitou Dr, San Antonio, TX 78228

Join the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit for our Noche de Gala, a dinner concert featuring international opera singer José Bernardo Rubio with special guests. The Gala will be a memorable night of operatic, sacred, and Latin music inspired by the charismatic roots of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.

Event details

Saturday, April 22, 2023
6:30pm to 11:30pm
(Dinner will be served at 7pm)
St. Luke’s Church Parish Hall
4603 Manitou Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78228
Our guests are invited to come in semi-formal or formal evening attire


Our amazing chef will be serving a delicious 4 course dinner.

Hors D’Oeuvres
Fruit & Cheese Skewers
Mini Beef SkewersSalad

Main Course
Stuffed Pork Loin
Chicken Bruschetta
Bowtie Pasta with Lemon Sauce
Grilled Mixed Vegetables

Lemon Bavarian Cake
Chocolate Mousse Cake

Drinks and Cocktails will also be available.


José Bernardo Rubio
Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Bernardo Rubio’s recent engagements have included debuts at the famed Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Berlin Staatsoper, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, and in Vienna at the Ronacher Theater.

His operatic credits include the title roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi. Other credits include Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Tarquinius in The Rape of` Lucretia, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Hannah Before in As One, El Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Dr. Rappaccini in La hija de Rappaccini and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. His leading credits include principal roles for Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, Alamo City Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Tacoma Opera, Vashon Opera, Inland Northwest Opera, and Juneau Lyric Opera. He is among the first westerners to sing leading roles in China in contemporary Mandarin language operas, which have led to his debuts at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Grand Theater, and the Jiangsu Grand Theater in Nanjing.

He has been a guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Rogue Valley Symphony. In recital he has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Tianjin Julliard School.

Deborah Martínez
Deborah was born in Nicaragua and began studying singing and the violin at the age of 9. At the same age, she began her vocal experience in the National Children Choir of the Nicaraguan Opera House. In 2016, she was accepted to take part in the Academy of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, and consequently debuted in the 62nd edition of the prestigious Puccini Festival in several concerts.

Following her first professional experiences in Italy, she completed her bachelor studies at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma under the guidance of soprano Lucetta Bizzi. She has balanced her training path with prestigious solo performances in Italy, Asia and Nicaragua, such as Handel’s Messiah, the Central-American Tribute to Maria Callas, and the Ising International Festival 2019. In 2020, she participated as a soloist in the contemporary production “Tang Poems to the World” with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in China. In 2021, she debuted in the role of Musetta in G. Puccini’s La Bohème at the Summer Regia Opera Festival in Parma, and performed in China again at the iSing International Festival 2021. During the same period, she was a guest artist at the Tianjin Juilliard School where performed a program of Spanish chamber music and contemporary Chinese repertoire.

In 2022, after participating in the prestigious As.Li.Co competition for young opera singers in Como, she made her debut in the role of Clorinda in G. Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Teatro Sociale di Como and toured to many important theaters such as Parma, Piacenza, Cremona, Brescia, Modena and many others. During the summer of 2022, she reprised her role of Clorinda at the open-air arena of Macerata Opera Festival. In the chamber repertoire, Deborah performed Heitor Villalobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras for the book launch of famed principal cellist, of Teatro alla Scala, Alice Cappagli’s “Remember Bach”. In addition, she performed the world premiere of Lorenzo Perosi’s Psalm X in collaboration with the Tortona’s Perosi Foundation. Her last artistic engagements include two concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Lincoln Center, NYC and Kimmel Center, Philadelphia. She’s currently studying a Master in Opera Performance in Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma.

Nyle Matsuoka
Austin-based pianist Nyle Matsuoka enjoys a rigorous career as a performer, collaborator, and vocal coach. Having found his niche in opera, he held the position of Principal Coach and Pianist with Austin Opera from 2014 to 2020. During times of COVID, Nyle remained active with the company, recording numerous digital recitals both as a soloist and collaborator. In the spring of 2021, he acted as principal coach and pianist for Austin Opera’s outdoor production of Tosca, which found him performing opening night on an electric keyboard after the orchestra had to bow out due to a rainstorm. In addition to his work with Austin Opera, Nyle has served as music staff for productions with The Atlanta Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Wichita Grand Opera. He regularly is a guest coach at the Butler Opera Center at the University of Texas, as well as having been a guest coach/clinician at Wichita State University, Idaho State University, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and the College of Southern Idaho. He did his young artist work at Wolf Trap Opera and Arizona Opera. As a soloist, Nyle was recently featured on the College of Southern Idaho’s piano celebration series and was a guest soloist with the Magic Valley Symphony. Upcoming engagements include serving as staff pianist/coach for Opera Neo’s summer season in San Diego.

Music and Dance

Following the concert, the dance floor will open and the DJ will play!

Photo of La Lonja, the social club in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, where Blessed Concepción Cabrera de Armida, foundress of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, would attend social events. In her youth she would go to the theater, dances, and familial and social events. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing and horseback riding. “Since I was thirteen years old, as was the custom, I began going to dances: that was the custom for the society in San Luis Potosi.” -Concepción Cabrera de Armida

What is the purpose of this event?

The main purpose of this event is to raise funds for the formation of future priests. As you already know, life is not cheap and everything costs money. Like any family, we have ordinary expenses that we have to pay such as food, electricity, water, telephone, health insurance, and car insurance. But we also have a very significant regular expense, which is the tuition of the brothers so that they can attend classes in the seminary. Studies cost about $22,000 per brother, each year. We currently have 6 brothers in our Province who are studying, and therefore our yearly tuition expenses are around $132,000. Although our formation directors work very hard to support the community, their income is not enough to cover all the expenses. That’s why we depend on the generosity of our friends and benefactors, and the funds we raise at events like this.
Thank you for your generosity!

In formation to become priests: Br. Danny Zorrilla, MSpS, Br. Oscar Rodriguez, MSpS, Br. Helmer Vargas, MSpS, Br. Ricardo Velez, MSpS, Br. John Terron, MSpS. Not pictured: Br. Rene Alvarez, MSpS


This event would not be possible without the support of our amazing and generous sponsors.

Founding Sponsor

Cardinal Presenting Sponsor

Archbishop Level Sponsors

Bishop Level Sponsors

Priest Level Sponsors

Deacon Level Sponsors

Contact information

If you would like more information about this event, or if you would like to be a sponsor, please contact our Event Chair Margarita Ochoa-Smith at (210) 355‑1609.

For more general questions about the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, please visit our website or call us at (503) 324‑2492.

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