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Port Neches, Texas: Miraculous Screen Door Jesus (Gone)

A miraculous manifestation of Jesus Christ appeared on the screen door of a modest home in 1969. The neighborhood swelled with believers and the curious, until the owner, Lela Bass, removed the door and hid it. It was later reattached, still visible into the early 1980s.

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Gone since the 1980s.

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Images on Screen Door

I went to Port Neches to a house where people reported seeing images of Jesus. I was able to see this image plus the images of John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Mary, and another image of a lady wearing the same dress as Mary except the garment was red and white. There was a crowd of people there. Looking at the visitors' log there were people from other countries that had come to see this miracle.

[David Stroh, 12/30/2018]
Miracle Screen Door Jesus

I saw the image as a little girl of about 11 years old in the '70s (it was very detailed and unmistakably Jesus!). I still live in Port Neches, and as of 2013 the image is still gone. At the time I saw Him, the crowd was electric but quietly reverent. It was amazing to see.

[Michelle Borel Forrest, 07/03/2013]
Miraculous Screen Door Jesus

We called her Granma Bass -- she was my best friend's grandmother. We sat in the fig tree and watched with awe at the thousands of people looking, crying, at the door. We were 10 years old at the time, in late 1969. They tested the door at a lab at some university and found nothing unusual about it, but when it was put back on the house the image reappeared.

I took my future wife there once 12 years later and it was still there. Grandma Bass passed away shortly after that in early 1980's. It disappeared the day she died, according to her grandson.

[jasweat, 05/06/2009]
Miraculous Screen Door Jesus - Vague Recollections

This dates back to the late '60s or early '70s. I grew up in nearby Beaumont, Texas, and recall a period of time when a certain screen door on a house in Port Neches made big local news over the course of a week or even more. It seems that one morning a woman stepped outside to tend her flowers and saw the visage of Jesus on her rusted back screen door. She told a neighbor, who saw it too, and by the end of the day, folks from all around were making a bee-line to see the door. TV stations carried live reports and it was all anyone in my elementary school could talk about. Of course, no one I knew actually went to see the door for themselves, and all I remember is that the story just went away. I moved away years later, but still wonder if Port Neches's Screen Door Jesus is still there.

[Kelly Asbury, 09/03/2004]

It seems that when this miracle happened in the 1960s, crowds grew so huge that the owner had to remove the door and hide it.

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