Open House to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first retreat at Holy Cross Retreat Center!
Sunday June 25th, from 2:00 till 4:00pm. See the renovations in the retreat rooms! the atrium and the Large Conference Room! You can also view the stained glass windows which were installed in our new Chapel in March of this year.
At 3:00 we will have a special recognition for Donna Hollis, who has retired after working more than 16 years with the Retreat Ministry here. We hope to see you.
Jeff Smith, right, shown here working on the stained glass windows that have just been installed in the New Chapel! The Blessing on March 12th, at 2:00pm was a joy, as we unveiled the windows and officially concluded the construction of the Chapel. It was a fitting beginning of our 60th Anniversary celebration as a Retreat Center.
If you would like to see a description of the stained glass and several pictures you can go to http://archstglassinc.com/project/holy-cross-retreat-center-chapels/ or to the tab above designated for the Chapel.
The Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts will be on Sept. 2 and 3, 2017. Artists who wish to register can get the application form here. Food vendors can get their application form here. The Rules, Fees, and Information can be found here. We look forward to having you join us as an artist or food vendor or just to enjoy the art and food and music!
Using the Rosary Walk, Labyrinth, and Meditation
Holy Cross Retreat Center
600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, NM
March 17-19, 2017 registration 6:30-7:00pm till Sunday the 19th at 1:00pm With Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. director
Give yourself the gift of extended quiet time with the Lord as we begin a new year, and the opportunity to learn about different forms of meditative prayer. We will explore how to expand our use of the Rosary, walk the labyrinth, and enhance our meditations. Each person will be given space to practice the forms of prayer and then reflect together on the experience. This retreat could be a further development for people who have made an ACTS retreat, or all who are seeking further spiritual enrichment.
Suggested Retreat fee: Individual room for Friday and Saturday plus the program and five meals--$152.00. Shared room would be $127.00 each person. Commuter: includes five meals and presentations--$67.00.
If finances are a concern please contact us and we will make special arrangements. We don’t want to turn people away because of cost.
Ninety high school youth came to Holy Cross January 7 and 8th for a Confirmation retreat. They had time for confession, Eucharist, andAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament for over 1 1/2 hours among other activities. Along with the team they had 125 in their group, and used every retreat room, and almost every bed we have! It was a delight to have them again and to expect more next year. The same weekend, all the deacon candidates and spouses from the Diocese of Las Cruces were here on Friday and Saturday till later afternoon. That meant that we served 175 people for lunch in two shifts.
Twenty four people came for the Advent family retreat. We reflected on the events of Advent and Christmas, viewed osme videos, and here talked about which of the figures in the crib set that spoke to us. It was good to take the time for reflection and deepening our faith.
Our Annual Report for 2016 is available on the newsletter tab or by clicking here. You can receive a brief desciption of our past year, a financial report (more details available on request), and learn about a special renovation of the retreat rooms that has begun in preparation for our 60th Anniversary next year! If you would like to contribute to our annual appeal for the renovation of the retreat forms you can use this form.
Nuestro Reporte del Año 2016 está disponible aquí. Tu puedes leer una descripción del año pasado, un reporte financial (más detalles están listos también), y aprender sobre una renovación especial de los cuartos en preparación por el aniversario de 60 años el próximo año! Si quiere contribuir una donación por la renovación de los cuartos de retiro, puede usar esta forma.
Holy Cross Retreat Center had an Appreciation Dinner on November 30th for volunteers and employees. We were especially grateful to Esther Jasso who retired as our lead cook after 32 years serving the retreatants. We also welcomed Carl McGrew as an affiliate of the Franciscan Province in appreciation for his almost 20 years of working with the friars and more recently organizing the Good Works Volunteers. Many thanks to all other employees and volunteers as well!
A FRANCISCAN PILGRIMAGE
Tom Smith OFM Conv. October 7-9, 2016 Holy Cross Retreat Center
Fr. Tom was able to spend 6 ½ weeks in Italy this past summer as chaplain for a pilgrimage group and for a mini-sabbatical. He had the opportunity to visit many Franciscan sites, to pray, to read, and enrich the sense of the charism of Francis, Clare, and other Franciscans. Twenty five people joined for the retreat which highlighted some of those experiences, such as hiking up the mountain to the Carceri, imagining Francis and his companions arriving at St. John Lateran to seek the approval of the Pope, (pictured here), contemplating in the Basilica of St. Clare before the original San Damiano Cross, walking with Anthony in Padua, and visiting the shrine of St. Angela of Foligno, an early Secular Franciscan. The retreat made use of pictures, personal experiences, group prayer on Franciscan themes, and quiet time. Those who have been to Assisi were reminded of the beauty, and others found a new spirit of Francis come alive.