HOLY CROSS RETREAT CENTER

AN OASIS IN THE DESERT

575-524-3688

600 Holy Cross Rd. Mesilla Park, NM 88047 US

CENTER FOR FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY

Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!

HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC RETREAT CENTER

Welcome to Holy Cross Retreat Center. We are happy to have you here. During your visit we invite you to become acquainted with our grounds, chapel, religious article area, library and the historical original house, built in 1912 and 1913 by Mr. & Mrs. Frank Monaghan. The adobe bricks for the house were fashioned right on the property by native work¬men. When completed, the house contained 14 rooms built around a central atrium. The furnishings for the hacienda were brought in by train.

After several years the property was passed on to Beatrice White Fountain. Mrs. Fountain and her husband, Henry, lived in the house many years and carried out extensive redecoration and landscaping as well as farming the land. In 1954, the Fountains sold the house and 19 acres to the Franciscans of Santa Barbara, California who were looking for a site to build a retreat house. Many of the unique furnishings were sold with the house, including the hand carved Japanese dining room set, an ebony grand piano and a hand carved Swiss grandfather clock.

The Franciscan Brothers’ building crew moved in and began a project which included the kitchen and dining room, conference room and chapel, friary and motel units. In 1957 Holy Cross Retreat Center opened with Fr. Owen da Silva as the first director. The Californian Franciscans continued to maintain and staff the retreat until 1980. Due to a shortage of personnel, they turned over Holy Cross Retreat Center to the Conventual Franciscan Friars.

Latest News and Retreats

Retreats and Services

Religious

Catholic & non-Catholic retreat groups from churches and organizations. ACTS retreats, retreats on Franciscan and Christian themes.

Clergy/Religious

Catholic & non-Catholic clergy religious sisters, deacons, assemblies and week long retreats from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Mexico.

Educational

Universities, public and private school administrators and teachers,planning and training seminars, borders experiences.

Marriage Programs

Engaged Encounters, and marriage spiritually retrreats. Our marriage retreats are more than a couple’s weekend retreat. Come join us

12 Step Programs

Recovering Alcoholics and Alanon retreats. The best choice that you can make for yourself is to enter treatment for your alcohol addiction.

Organizations

Social organizations such as Serra Club, Secular Franciscans, Meditation groups, as well as staff meeting of service oriented groups.

Day Programs

Day Programs and Parish Missions are available on site or at other locations upon request. Take time for yourself, be renewed and draw closer to God

Private Retreats

When you need time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Call the office to set up a time.Get away from the ordinary demands of life.

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Holy Cross Retreat Center 575-524-3688

Who We Are

Holy Cross Retreat Center is an oasis of prayer, study, and reflection located near Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. The Center is committed to fostering an atmosphere in the Franciscan tradition where all those who seek spiritual and personal growth will find a welcome.
While focusing on Catholic spirituality, Holy Cross respects people of all faiths and hosts various retreats, conferences, as well as private retreatants. The friars lead programs for English and Spanish speaking groups and provide hospitality to cancer patients and others in need.

Our Location

Holy Cross Retreat Center
600 Holy Cross Rd.
Mesilla Park, NM 88047 US

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