Holy Cross Retreat Center

Holy Cross Catholic Retreat Center

Click here for a brochure on the New Chapel















The 2015 Annual Report with a recap of the past year, pictures, a financial report, and a list of many retreats and events from January to June 2016 is available.

El Reporte Anual de 2015 con eventos del año pasado, un reporte financial, una lista de retiros y eventos enero de junio, está disponible.

The local Health magazine did a cover story on the Holy Cross Retreat Center as a "House of Healing" describing a retreat as a way to heal our souls and spirits.  You can see all the pictures of the Chapel and the article by clicking here.





























Confirmation retreat!  The youth from La Purissima Parish in Socorro, TX came to Holy Cross Apr. 30-May 1 for their annual Confirmation retreat. 

The catechist and Deacon William guided them through a wonderful experience of faith renewal, prayer, and enjoyment.  Here you can see them building a pyramid as part of the community building and trust. 

The parents and families of the youth came for the closing mass outside near the gazebo to share in the special event.  They hope to return each year!

Fr. Tom Smith using a pottery wheel during a Parish retreat at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City.  The theme was "From Clay to Community" and he was able to use the images of working with clay to inspire spiritual growth as individuals, family, and as a church. 

One of 45 couples who participated in the Engaged Encounter on March 5 and 6, 2011.  This couple is sitting in the atrium while discussing some of what they had written for each other.

Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish talked about the sacraments
The ACTS retreats are very strong in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.  Holy Cross Retreat Center hosts about eleven of the renewal weekends each year, for both men and women, and in English and Spanish.

Fr. Tom is working with them directly to get to know them better and to maintain good relations.  Here is a picture of a group on Oct. 28-31, 2010 from San Patricio Cathedral Parish and Queen of Peace Church in El Paso.

They had 51 candidates, with team, music ministry, and priests totaling 91 people.  Holy Cross was filled with the power of their prayer, music, and joy!  Here, Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish spoke about the sacraments with the candidates, in our atrium.

Opening procession with candles
 Both the local English and Spanish speaking groups of Secular Franciscans, several Franciscans sisters, and other guests joined with the friars for a pleasant celebration of the "Transitus" on October 3rd. 

We began outside, walked and sang with a candlelight procession to the Chapel, then continued with a bilingual reading of various Franciscan and Scriptural accounts. 

Blessing with the relic of St. Francis

Fr. Don Adamski OFM Conv. was the presider and preacher.  The ceremony concluded with a blessing with a relic of St. Francis of Assisi and a reception for about 35 people.  It is good to celebrate our heritage and invite others to join together.



Holy Cross Retreat has confessions at 6:00pm and mass at 6:30 each Wednesday evening in the new Chapel, but not from June 13-July 28th.


June 11 & 12  Engaged Encounter for those preparing for marriage in the Catholic Church.  This is an enriching experience and well worth the time.  To register, go to

June 13-July 28  Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. will be helping lead a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Florience, and Venice.  (If you are interested contact him.)  He will then have a month in Italy to immerse in the Franciscan spirit by visiting various sites and studying about the Franciscan charism.

Each Tuesday from June 2st till August 2nd, the Las Cruces Diocese will have a session at HCRC for adult formation, 6:00 - 8:30pm.  Check the home page here for details, or call 524 3688.

Care to join in with a "Pilgrimage to the Early Franciscan Missions of New Mexico"?  Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. is leading a group Aug. 15-19, 2016. We leave Monday about 8:00, car sharing, and drive to Santa Fe where we stay for two nights and visits missions in that area.  Then we go to Albuquerque for two days and nights.  We may stay in a hotel in Santa Fe, and a retreat center in Albuquerque.  Local contacts give interesting background on each of about 12 or 13 missions we will visit.  Each person is responsbile for overnight stay, food, share in the gas, and a couple entry fees.  We return Friday later afternoon.  Call the office to register.

The Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts will be Sept. 3rd 9:00 till 5:00, and Sept. 4th 10:00 till 4:00pm on Labor Day weekend.  There will be over 80 artists, six or more food vendors, two live music stages, Enchilada Dinner, Silent Auction, and and Beer and Wine Garden.  Donation for admission.  Put it on your calendar and plan to join us!

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