The Scriptures call us to welcome the stranger and to care in justice for those in need.  “You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.”  Leviticus 19:34      ““Defend the lowly and fatherless;  render justice to the afflicted and needy.  Rescue the lowly and poor…” Psalm 82:3-4a

St. Francis of Assisi chose to live as a poor man to care for the poor of his time.  This included the sick and the lepers and those rejected by others.

In that spirit we provide Franciscan Hospitality to a variety of people.

–Those who live out of town and need a place to stay while they receive medical treatment locally.

–Those who are refugees and need a temporary place, especially families who are have permission to seek asylum and want help to get to family members or sponsors in the US>

–Those who are in imminent danger of deportation and are trying to keep their family together.

–Those who seek the assistance of a 12 step program to deal with addiction (Sundays at 4:00pm in the library)

–Individuals who need a night or two in transition.

In this way we direct service to those in need, at the same time as we are working with groups to promote justice and to change systems that leave people vulnerable and poor.  Often a warm welcome, a caring person to listen, with a nice meal and a room are very healing to people.  Consider how you can offer a form of hospitality yourself or join with us in our Franciscan Hospitality!


  The Conventual Franciscans at our Province Chapter welcomed Central American refugee families and an undocumented man in fear of deportation to join us in a picture!

Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!

Holy Cross Retreat And Conference Center

St. Francis


Retreats and Services


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


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


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.


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.

Have a question or need more information?
Contact us, we’ll be happy to help
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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