Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!

 Fr.Tom Smith,
OFM Conv.
Retreat Director

Fr. Tom grew up on a farm in Southern Indiana, the second of ten children.  He attended the seminary, professed solemn vows as a Conventual Franciscan in 1978, and was ordained in 1979.  He worked as an associate in parishes for six years, then was appointed pastor of St. Anthony Church in Lorain, Ohio from 1985 till 1991.  At that time he became the guardian of Mt. St. Francis Friary in southern Indiana, and treasurer of the Province.  From 1997-2000 he led retreats in Prior Lake, Minnesota south of Minneapolis, (much different from New Mexico!).  He studied Spanish in Costa Rica, then from 2000 till 2010, he was director of Hispanic Ministry for three counties near New Albany Indiana, and for a parish in Louisville, Kentucky.  He arrived as the director for Holy Cross Retreat Center in August 2010.  His hobbies include playing guitar, pottery, gardening, and camping.  



Fr.Tom Smith Retreat Director

Donna Hollis Retreat Coordinator

Tom Brumbaugh Maintenance Supervisor


There will not be a 6:30pm mass on Aug. 23rd.  Fr. Tom will be leading a Pilgrimage to northern NM.

Holy Cross Retreat Center is sponsoring a Marriage Spirituality Retreat Aug. 25-27, 2017aug.  This is a weekend to enhance the spiritual life of a couple and to deepen the sense of the Sacrament of Matrimony.  The focus is more on growing in faith as a couple.  The suggested donation is $225.00-$250.00 per couple, or $100.00 for commuters.  To register or for more information, contact the Retreat Center at 600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, NM 88047, 575 524 3688,  If finances are a concern, we can assist. 

Outdoor mass with reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary -- Sunday September 24, at 2:00pm.  A meal will follow. Come join in the celebration!

Recovering Alcoholics/Alanon retreat led by Tom Weston--Sept 29-Oct. 1st.  Fr. Tom is very good at helping those who are in 12 step programs maintain their sobriety and deepen their spiritual life.  $102.00 for a shared room, $152. for a single room, $52.00 for a commuter.  Call 5 75 524 3688 to register.

Oct 20-22--"Come and See" weekend for young men interested in discerning a Franciscan vocation.   You can visit with friars and those in formation and pray about God's call.  No charge.

Franciscan Retreat for Secular Franciscans and others interested in Franciscan spirituality. Oct. 27-29th.  This weekend will enrich your sense of Franciscan spirituality in a welcoming, joyful atmosphere!