Established in 1957

Franciscan Festival Of Fine Arts Labor Day weekend!


A more specific dated history follows the text… (y la información es en español abajo de esta pagina)
The birth of a religious institution or ministry often begins with a charismatic person or founder. In the case of Holy Cross Catholic Retreat Center, they were two: Bishop Sidney M. Metzger of the Diocese of El Paso and Father Owen de Silva of the Franciscan Friars, Santa Barbara Province, California.

Bishop Metzger had long dreamed of having a facility in his Diocese to which God’s people might come to find respite “from the cares of the world…” He wanted a spot where souls could be at peace with the Lord. Through the generous response of the Santa Barbara Friars, the Bishop’s dream became a reality in 1954.

That year, a decision was made to buy land in the Mesilla Valley of Southern New Mexico on which to build a retreat center. The first retreat was in September 1957.

After over 55 years of service to God’s people, we reflect upon the many people who have come to this “sacred” space. We desire to continue the rich tradition over the years and we invite you to join with us in making our dreams and desires a reality.

We continue to invest in the growth and maintenance of Holy Cross Retreat center so that it will yield a rich harvest in time and in eternity. With your support during these 50 years and more, Holy Cross Retreat was able to thrive and expand and extend a welcome to priests, women and men of religious orders, recovering alcoholics, married couples, engaged couples, lay women and men, youth, cancer patients and the various religious denominations who come here. All come “seeking” a sacred space to spend time with God.

In 1981, a group of recovering alcoholics, anxious to make available to those who would follow after them the rich spiritual blessings they received during a retreat at Holy Cross, established a Foundation for the support of the Retreat Center. The Holy Cross Retreat Foundation continues to provide financial assistance for maintenance, renovation, and expansion of the facility. They also provide support for retreat programs.

Reflecting with deep gratitude, a member of that group said, “The retreat which I made at Holy Cross not only saved my business but, more importantly, it restored to me my wife and family.” Because of the generosity of these three great men — Riley Brown, Bill Burton and John Clifford — dividends from that Foundation have made it possible for us to resurface the road leading to the Retreat Center, replace the roof of the old house Atrium, install individual air conditioners in each retreat room, and complete many other projects. It is very obvious what good-hearted people can accomplish when they work together.

We are grateful, it needs to be noted, to all those Friars who have gone before us: Owen de Silva, John Altman, Eric O’Brien and Mario Vasquez, to mention but a few of the Santa Barbara Friars; and, from our own Province, Killian Spechner, John Curran, Francisco Gomez, Raymond Ramos, Dominic Manion, Michael Wright, Giles Carie, Bruno Nemcosky, Noel Kramer, Josh Duplissey, Marcos Reyna, John Weber, Sebastian Cunningham, Cyprian Uline, Mike Austin, Bob Roddy, and Miguel Briseño. Recognition and thanks are extended to each of these men for their dedicated work at Holy Cross Retreat.

The following was compiled by Tom Smith OFM Conv. using deeds, original documents, letters, etc. in the HCR archives, Province Archives, and conversations with friars.
If you see errors, or can add more information, please contact Fr. Tom.
3 25 2011 La traducción es español está después del inglés.

1854 James Buchanan, Secretary of State, confirmed the rights of the Escarate family to farm the property surrounding the current retreat center.

1912 Frank Monaghan bought 90 acres of the Escarate grant, coming from Riverside, CA for reasons of health.

1913-1914 The original historic house was constructed by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Monaghan with adobe fashioned right on the property. The house had 14 rooms around a central patio.

1925-1954 Frank Monaghan died, and in 1927, his wife also died, leaving the house and ranch to her sister, Shirley Thomas. In 1947 Miss Thomas died and willed the property to her foster daughter, Beatrice White, who had married Henry Fountain, of the original Albert Fountain family. By 1954 the couple decided that the house and property was too much to care for and decided to sell part of the property, and build a smaller home on the remainder of the property.

July 6, 1954 Bishop Metzger of El Paso wanted a retreat house and arranged for the sale of the house and 17.34 acres around the house, and 1.66 acres for the road, total 19 acres from the Fountain family to the OFM Franciscans of Santa Barbara Province. Fr. Owen Da Silva OFM was appointed the first guardian, while living in Scottsdale, AZ.

June 14, 1955 The first addition was the community wing, on the north side of the house, built between August 1 and the end of December. The small reading room on the north side and the area of the gift shop was the kitchen.

1956   The “building crew” of friars arrived in February 1956.  The small conference room was constructed and used as the friary chapel and retreat office.  The next building was the retreat rooms, begun in July 1956.  In August 1957 they began the dining room and kitchen.  The Chapel was then built near the dining room.  It is now used as a large conference room as well as a Chapel for bigger groups.

1957  Sept. 27, the first retreat was held.

1958  The friars decided to buy 186.08 more acres from the Peterson Ranch, making a total of 232.01 acres.  Most of this land was east of the retreat rooms.  The friars cared for pecan trees and raised cotton, onions, and alfalfa among other things to provide income for the friars and the Retreat Center.

Oct. 26, 1958  Friars of St. Barbara OFM Province officially dedicated the Holy Cross Retreat Center.  At times as many as 12 friars lived and worked at the Retreat Center.

1960  The response the first year was about 3,500 retreatants, though the total gradually decreased  in coming years.  It became difficult to sustain the ministry just on retreat income.  The HCR property included approximately 232 acres, with 140 under cultivation, mostly in cotton, along with vegetables and 40 acres which made up the pecan orchard.  The second annual Open House on October 9th, 1960 attracted an estimated more than six thousand people.

1961  The Senior class from Loretto High School in El Paso came to Holy Cross Retreat Center for a retreat, and the school has continued to bring their seniors every year since that time.

1964   Brother Conan Shore OFM was assigned to Holy Cross Retreat Center where he was chairman of the annual Fiesta and helped establish the annual Craftfaire, (which later became the Renaissance Fair in Las Cruces).

1970’s Retreats for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanon participants become a mainstay of HCRC programming. Private retreatants come to spend time in quiet and prayer.

1976  Engaged Encounter began coming to HCRC.

Oct. 1976 The Custody of Our Lady of Guadalupe was established by the Province of OLC. Nov 1976 The Chapel off the atrium was designed by Chan Graham of Albuquerque. The stained glass window was made by Graham and his helpers. The double arched doors were carved by Albuquerque woodcarver Miguel Weber.

The nichos, niches were designed to hold antique santos.   The altar, podium, chairs, and candle holder were built and donated by Phil Shannon, a Serra Club member.

1978  Most groups by this time were hosted groups, not retreats directed by the friars. The Stations of the Cross were designed and built by Bill Smith.
Jan 18, 1980  A plot of land with 83.74 acres east of the buildings  was sold by the OFM Friars to Albert Bures. Feb. 10, 1980.

The Holy Cross Retreat Center was transferred to the Custody of Our Lady of Guadalupe so that the Conventual Friars could continue the retreat ministry.  There were fewer OFM friars interested in being far away from their California roots.

Fr. Killian Speckner OFM Conv. became the director of retreats from February through August 1980.  Andrew Maas, Noel Kramer, Dominic Manion, and Michael Wright were part of the ministry and community as well.  Noel Kramer was the guardian from February 1980-December 1982

August 1980  Sebastian was Director from  Aug. 1980 till July 1983.  Friars Dominic Manion, Michael Wright, and Frank Gomez were also part of the staff of HCR.
The Doña Ana County Arts Council took over the annual Crafts Fair which had been going on for twenty years and moved it to the Las Cruces Mall.

May 1981  The buildings and 152 acres were officially deeded by OFM friars to the Custody of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

198  A group of recovering alcoholics, Riley Brown, Bill Burton and John Clifford, anxious to make available to those who would follow after them the rich spiritual blessings they received during a retreat at Holy Cross, established the Clifford Foundation for the support of the Retreat Center.   Dividends from that Foundation were used to develop the Holy Cross Retreat Foundation.

Decades of service by members of the Serra Club formed by Fr. Owen Da Silva OFM and funds from the Foundations have made it possible to improve the facility and complete many projects that would have been very difficult without their help. Here “Cappy” and “Ski” install new A/C units.

Oct. 2-4, 1981 A Franciscan Symposium was organized at HCR to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Franciscan friars arriving in New Mexico, and the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Francis. It was organized with the help of Fr. Sebastian Cunningham.

May 30, 1983 HCR celebrated the 25th anniversary as a retreat house. Fr. Giles Carie was the director from 1983 till 1985. Friars Dominic Manion, Antonio Moreno, and John Pearson also lived at the friary at that time.

New Mexico State University brings a variety of groups for planning during the week, and continues for many years. 1985 Friar Dominic Manion became the director of retreats from 1985-1988, while also being the custos

April 1988 Noel Kramer was the guardian and director from April 26, 1988-November 20, 1992.

Jul 10-13, 1989 An Interprovincial Conference was hosted at HCR with over 52 friars participating.

Dec. 1990 Holy Cross Retreat purchased 34.855 acres of land to the west from the Fountain Trust, to keep it from being developed as a trailer park, and to maintain the atmosphere of the Retreats. This is the land from the Las Cruces lateral west to the road on which the Fountain House is situated, and from Holy Cross Road on the north to the road on the south.

1992 Joshe Duplissey was retreat director from 1992-1994. Marcos Reyna was in residence as vocation director. Marcos and Bobbie Provencio changed the fiesta to become an Art Festival which continued till about 1997. Joshe Duplissey commissioned a number of art pieces for the dining room and chapel.

1993 The Custody of Our Lady of Guadalupe became a part of the Province of OLC again.

1994 John Weber became guardian and retreat director from 1994- 1997. The gazebo over the fountain was built and donated by Bernie Smith in mid 90’s.

1995 Chris Bess bought 29.5 acres of property west of the road to the Fountain home from Margaret Pino, niece of Beatrice Fountain. He then traded it to HCR for 96 acres of land on the east of the HCR property. A portion was later sold for the New Covenant Fellowship Church.

Clergy and religious Orders, including priests from Juarez, Mexico come during the fall and winter for five day retreats.

Feb. 29, 1996 Chris and Mary Ann Bess purchased 22.341 acres of Holy Cross Retreat land. A clause in the contract requires that the land remain in agricultural use, with no dairy or other animals.

Confirmation groups and students from the Catholic High Schools in El Paso come for retreats.

1997 Sebastian Cunningham was guardian and retreat director from 1997-October 1, 2001.

1997-1998 The entrance road was repaved. Serra Hall addition was constructed. The atrium was restored. The old adobe barn was removed and the parking lot was enlarged.
Carpeting was replaced in the Conference Rooms. The Chapel carpet and seats were replaced. Restroom renovations were done.

2001 Don Adamski was guardian from August 2001-2005. Sebastian Cunningham continued as director 2001 till December 2002.

2002 ACTS retreats begin in El Paso and are hosted by HCRC.

Marriage Encounter and Elder Hostel are less popular but continue till about 2004.

2003 Cyprian Uline was retreat director from Jan. 2003 till 2005.

Feb. 2003 Air Conditioners were installed in the retreat rooms.

2004 The deacon formation program began meeting at HCRC.

Sept. 2004  The Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts was revived after several years, to bring a large group of artists, musicians, and others to enjoy the atmosphere of the Retreat Center and raise awareness and funds for the ministry.

July 2005  Miguel Briseño became guardian and retreat director from July 2005-August 2010.  A campaign to build a new chapel was initiated.

Oct 2005  New Stucco was added to the retreat rooms.

2007-2008  A new sound system, projectors, and window shades were purchased for the two conference rooms.

Nov. 2008  A survey as part of a master plan indicates that the property has a total of 89.28 acres, of which 54 acres has 2,420 pecan trees, 26.7 acres is alfalfa.

March 2009  Johnny Pacheco became the farmer caring for the pecan trees, with a six year rental agreement.

Aug 2010  Friar Tom Smith became guardian of the friary and Director of Retreats.

Sept. 2010       The Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts included 71 artists, largest group in a number of years.

Oct. 2010        All light bulbs were replaced with efficient bulbs and parts using a grant from El Paso Electric and donation by LBG.

Fall 2011         The entrance road was repaired and double sealed by Smith Aguirre Construction.

Nov. 2011       New sewer lines were installed, with a pump to connect to Las Cruces sewer system.  7 or 8 old septic tanks still in use were filled in as well as three abandoned tanks.  These had sand in the bottom, no leach lines.

Apr. 2012        New Evaporative cooler was installed in the kitchen.

April 2012       Juan Albert was hired half time as business manager.

May 2012        A walk in shower was installed in Room 1 to make it more handicap accessible

June 2012        Holguin Electric began a process of replacing the main fuse panels and some wiring to upgrade the electrical system.  Phase I and II completed Aug. 27, 2012.

Aug. 2012       Construction began on the new friary.

Sept. 2012       The Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts added the Enchilada dinner, beer garden, and sponsors this year.

Oct. 2012        Acoustical panels were installed in the large conference room to dampen the bounce of noise and improve acoustics.  The same will be done in the dining room.

Nov. 2012       The report for 2012-2013 showed that 5,663 people came for a retreat or event at HCRC, and another 500 or so were served in events off site, eg parish missions, days of recollection led by staff.  This is up over a thousand from the previous year.

A new slanted roof was built for the large conference room to eliminate possibility of leaking, and the long walkway, dining room, and kitchen roofs were recovered and repaired

August 2013   Fr. Tom led ten people on a pilgrimage to the early Franciscan Missions along the Camino Real.  It was well received and he is looking to do others in the future.

Deana Haiman, book keeper for about seven years, moved to Dallas area.  Juan Albert became full time as business manager, salaried.

Sept 2013        Friars moved into the new friary on the 23rd, leaving the former space available for private retreats, special guests, and overflow for large groups.  Retreat center bought beds and furniture as needed to prepare the rooms.

OLC Definitory approved the construction of the new Chapel, estimated at $1,300,000.00 without artwork.  Bob Brotherton expects to finish plans in December and put for bid first of 2014.  It will be paid mostly from designated Chapel savings, and general retreat savings, to be built in phases.

With four priest retreats during the week, we had someone here every day from early October through early Nov.

Nov. 2013       Outside of Serra Hall was painted in preparation for 300th anniversary of the birthday of Juinipero Serra on Nov. 24th.  We hosted a mass, DVD and info about Serra, then a meal to promote vocations and Serra Club.

March 2014     Ground breaking ceremony for the new Chapel to seat 200.

July, 2014   Juan Albert has accepted a position at NMSU.

Aug 28, 2014  The renovation and expansion of the women’s restroom for the large conference room was completed in time for use for the Art Festival.  All seem very pleased with the new space.  This was paid for by the HCR Foundation. Cost was about $40,000.00 total.

Aug. 31 2014  The “Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts” drew 5,400 people (first time we have counted).  The number of artists and sponsors was down a from last year, but still a very successful Festival–helping people learn about the Center, promoting the Arts, and raising about $40,000.00 for our expenses.

Sept, 2014    Carl McGrew has organized a volunteer crew of about a dozen people called “The Good Works Volunteers” who will be working twice a week on projects here.  They will be replacing the wooden cross NE of the small conference room using a pecan tree from Bob McComas, installing irrigation and landscaping around the outside of the friary, building altar furniture for the new Chapel, putting landscaping around the Chapel when it is ready, and numerous other smaller projects.  We are happy to have them!

Oct. 14, 2014  The corpse for the outside cross by the small conference room was repaired and repainted by Santiago Santanova and Kat Dube.  The cross was replaced by the Good Works volunteers and today it is all finished.  Much more noticeable.

Nov. 3, 2014   Debbie Moore has accepted the position as the business manager and book keeper.

Feb. 22, 2015  The Chapel was formally dedicated and consecrated with Bishop Cantú, Ramírez, and Seitz (from El Paso) in attendance.  The 14 foot high cross, altar, tabernacle and stand, ambo, presider and deacon chair, Guadalupe stand, and processional cross stand were all constructed by the Good Works Volunteers.  Bob Brotherton was the architect, and Tim Curry Construction the general contractor.

July 2015  New headboards and bed frames, bedspreads and pillows, curtains, bedside table, and lights over the sink and small table were added in all 46 retreat rooms through the generosity of the Holy Cross Retreat Foundation and an anonymous donor.

A section of 30 acres of pecan trees near the highway was sold to a local farmer who has been renting the trees, with the provision that there will be no homes or businesses constructed there, and no farm animals.  Thus we now have 60 acres, but it will still create a peaceful, rural setting.

August 2015 A Rosary Walk and a Labyrinth have been added as two meditation areas near the new Chapel for retreatants and anyone in the area.

2016  Each of the 46 retreat rooms were renovated,  with the tub removed and a walk in tile shower installed.  A new sink and tile was added to the floor and walls making the bathrooms much more appealing.  The bathrooms in La Casita were also refurbished.

2017  The large bell and the stained glass windows were installed in the new Chapel.  Bishop Cantu and Fr. Jim Kent, Minister Provincial, came for a celebratory mass in recognition of the completion, and the full payment of the cost.

May 2018   The hermitage, built by our God Works Volunteers with help from some contractors, was dedicated and is now available for short or longer stays in more solitude.

2017-2019  Holy Cross Retreat Center has welcomed people from Central America who are seeking asylum in the U.S.  They often come with children, stay 1-3 days, and we help give them what they need and arrange transportation to their sponsors.

July 2020  With the help of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, 180 solar panels were installed on our buildings to be an ecological alternative to other forms of electricity, and to reduce the bills for electrical service.

March 2020  The COVID pandemic caused the cancellation of most all groups.  Individuals continue to come, and after a few months we were able to have small groups.  May of 2020 some of the restrictions have been lifted as more people are vaccinate and we are now beginning to schedule larger groups again, thought it will be a few months before we are fully active.

If you would be able to make a donation to help support the ministry of Holy Cross Retreat Center or the Conventual Franciscan Friars, it would be most appreciated.  Our address is:
600 Holy Cross Road,
Mesilla Park, NM 88047.

The phone is 575 524 3688. 
Email Director@holycrossretreat.org 
web: www.holycrossretreat.com

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Mesilla Park, Nuevo México

Recopilado por el Padre Tom Smith con hechos, documentos originales, cartas, etc. en los archivos del centro de retiro, archivos de la provincia y las conversaciones con los frailes. Si ve errores o puede agregar más información, por favor diríjase con el Padre Tom Smith.

1854, James Buchanan, Secretario de Estado confirmó los derechos de la familia Escarate a la granja de la propiedad que rodea el centro de retiro actual.

1912, Frank Monaghan compró 90 acres de la concesión Escarate, procedente de Riverside, CA. por razones de salud.

1913-1914, La histórica casa original fue construida por el Sr. y la Sra. Monaghan con el adobe de moda aquí en la propiedad. La casa tenia 14 habitaciones alrededor de un patio central. Los muebles de la hacienda fueron traídos por tren, incluyendo un piano de cola fabricado en madera de ébano en Boston, una mesa de comedor hecha a mano y sillas de Japón, un reloj Suizo esculpido a mano que aún continúa en la sección anterior de la casa.

1925-1954, Frank Monaghan murió, en 1927 su esposa también murió, dejando la casa y rancho a su hermana Shirley Thomas. En 1947 la señorita Thomas murió y pasó la propiedad a su hija adoptiva, Beatriz White, quien se había casado con Henry Fountain, originario de la Familia de Alberto Fountain. En 1954 la pareja decidió que la casa y la propiedad eran demasiado para cuidar y vendieron una parte de la propiedad para construir una casa más pequeña en el resto de la propiedad.

Julio 6, 1954, El Obispo de El Paso Metzger quería una casa de retiro y dispuso a la venta la casa y 17.34 hectáreas alrededor de la casa y 1.66 hectáreas para el camino un total de 19 hectáreas de la Familia Fountain pasaron a los Franciscanos de la Provincia de Santa Bárbara. El Padre Owen Da Silva, OFM fue nombrado el primer guardián, mientras vivía en Scottsdale, Arizona.

Julio 14, 1955, La primera adición fue el ala de la comunidad en el lado norte de la casa, construída entre agosto y finales de diciembre. La pequeña sala de lectura en el lado norte y el área de la tienda de regalos eran la cocina.

1956 El “equipo de construcción” de los frailes llegaron en febrero de 1956. La pequeña sala de conferencias fue construida y utilizada como capilla y oficina del centro de retiro. Las habitaciones fueron construídas en julio de 1956. En agosto de l957 empezaron el comedor y la cocina. La capilla fue construida después cerca del comedor. Ahora se utiliza como salón de conferencias, así como capilla para los grupos grandes.

1957, Septiembre 27, el primer retiro se llevó a cabo.
Una parte de la Hacienda Peterson con 28.59 hectáreas fue comprado.

1958, Los frailes decidieron comprar 186.08 acres más del Rancho Peterson, haciendo un total de 232.01acres. La mayor parte de esta tierra fue al este de las habitaciones. Los frailes cuidaron los nogales y cultivaron algodón, cebolla y alfalfa entre otras cosas para proporcionar ingresos a los frailes del centro de retiro.

1958, Octubre 26, los frailes de la Provincia de Santa Bárbara oficialmente dedicados al Centro de Retiro Holy Cross. En ocasiones hasta 12 frailes vivían y trabajaban en el centro de retiro.

1962, La respuesta del primer año fue de aproximadamente 3,500 participantes del retiro, aunque el total disminuyó gradualmente en los siguientes años. Llegó a ser difícil de sostener el ministerio solamente con los ingresos de los retiros. La propiedad incluye aproximadamente 232 hectáreas, con 140 de cultivo sobre todo de algodón junto con los vegetales y 40 hectáreas que constituyen la huerta de nogales. La segunda edición de puertas abiertas fue en octubre 9, 1960 atrajo aproximadamente a más de
6,000 personas.

1970, Retiros para la recuperación de alcohólicos y los participantes de Alanón convertidos en el pilar del programa para el Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz. Retiros privados empezaron a venir para pasar tiempo de quietud y oración.

1976, Empezaron a venir los retiros para novios al centro de retiro.

Oct. 1976, La Custodia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe fue establecida por la Provincia de Nuestra Señora de Consolación.

Nov. 1976, La capilla del patio central fue diseña por Chan Graham de Alburquerque. El vitral de la capilla del patio central fue hecho por Graham y sus ayudantes. Las puertas de doble arco fueron talladas por Miguel Weber un tallista de Alburquerque. Los nichos fueron diseñados para poner los santos antiguos. El altar, podio, sillas y el candelabro fueron construidos y donados por Phil Shannon, miembro del Club Serra.

1978, En este tiempo la mayoría eran grupos de retiro no dirigidos por los frailes.

Las estaciones de la cruz fueron diseñadas y construidas por Bill Smith.
Enero 18, 1980, Una parcela de tierra de 83.74 acres al este de los edificios fue vendida por los frailes a Albert Bures.

Febrero 10, 1980. El Centro de Retiro Holy Cross fue transferido a la custodia de la Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe para que los frailes Conventuales pudieran continuar con el ministerio de retiros. Hubo menos frailes interesados en comenzar lejos de sus raíces de California.

El Padre Killian Speckner OFM Conv. se convirtió en el primer director de retiros de febrero a agosto de 1980. Andrew Maas, Noel Kramer, Dominic Manion y Michael Wrigh fueron parte del ministerio y también de la comunidad. Noel Kramer era el director de febrero 1980 a diciembre 1982.

Agosto 1980, el Padre Sebastián fue director hasta julio de 1983. Los hermanos Domingo Manion, Muchael Wright y Frank Gomez también formaban parte del personal de HCRC.
El Consejo de Las Artes del Condado de Doña Ana se hizo cargo de la feria anual de artesanías que se había llevado a cabo desde hace 20 años y se trasladó al Centro Comercial de Las Cruces.

Mayo 1981. Los edificios y 152 acres fueron traspasados oficialmente por los Frailes OFM de la Custodia de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

1981, Un grupo de alcohólicos en recuperación, Riley Brown, Bill Burton y John Clifford, deseosos de poner a disposición las bendiciones ricas y espirituales que recibieron de aquellos quienes siguen después de ellos durante un retiro en Santa Cruz. Establecieron la Fundación Clifford para apoyar al Centro de Retiro.

Los dividendos de esa fundación se utilizaron para desarrollar la Fundación de Retiro Santa Cruz. Décadas de servicio de los miembros del Club Serra formado por el Padre Owen Da Silva, OFM y los fondos de las fundaciones han permitido mejorar las instalaciones y terminar los proyectos que hubieran sido muy difíciles llevar a cabo sin su ayuda.

Aquí “Cappy y “Ski” instalando nuevas unidades de aire acondicionado y calefacción.

Octubre 2-4, 1981. Un simposio Franciscano se organizó en el HCRC para conmemorar el aniversario 400 de la llegada de Los Frailes Franciscanos a Nuevo México y el 800 aniversario del nacimiento de San Francisco. Se organizó con la ayuda del Padre Sebastián Cunningham.

Mayo 30, 1983. El Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz celebra 25 años como casa de retiro. El Padre Giles Carie fue director desde 1983 hasta 1985. Los hermanos Domingo Manion, Antonio Moreno y John Pearson también vivían en el convento en ese tiempo.

La Universidad de Nuevo México trae una variedad de grupos para planificar durante una semana, esto ha continuado por muchos años.

1985, El Fraile Domingo Manion se convirtió en el director de retiros hasta 1988.

Abril 1988. Noel Kramer fue el guardián y director hasta noviembre 20, 1992.

Julio 10-13, 1989. Se llevó a cabo una conferencia interprovincial en el Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz donde participaron más de 52 frailes.

Diciembre 1990. El Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz compra 34.855 acres de tierra al oeste del Fountain Trust para evitar que se desarrolle un parque con casas móviles y para mantener una atmósfera
de retiros. Esta es la tierra al oeste de la carretera lateral donde se encuentra la casa de los Fountain y el Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz por el norte.

1992, Joshe Duplissey fue director de retiros de 1992-1994.

Marcos Reyna estaba en la residencia como director de vocaciones. Marcos y Bobby Provencio cambiaron la fiesta para que fuera el Festival de Arte el cual continúo hasta cerca de 1997. Joshe Duplissey encargado de una serie de obras de arte para el comedor y la capilla.

1993, La Custodia de la Señora de Guadalupe llegó a ser parte de la Provincia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe nuevamente.

1994, John Weber llegó a ser guardián y director hasta 1997.

El mirador sobre la fuente fue construido y donada por Bernie Smith a mediados de los 90s.

1995, Chris Bess compró 29.5 acres de la propiedad al oeste de la carretera a la casa de los Fountain a Margaret Pino, sobrina de Beatriz Fountain. Después negociaron con el Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz por 96 hectáreas de tierra al oeste de la propiedad del Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz. Una parte fue vendida después a la Iglesia Covenant Fellowship.
El clero y órdenes religiosas, entre ellas sacerdotes de Ciudad Juárez, México vienen durante el otoño e invierno a retiro de cinco días.

Entre febrero y mayo de 1996 Chris y Ann Bess compran 22.341 hectáreas de tierra al Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz. Una cláusula en el contrato requiere que la tierra permanezca en uso agrícola sin lácteos u otros animales. Grupos de confirmación y estudiantes de los colegios católicos de preparatoria de El Paso, Texas vienen a retiros.

1997, El Padre Sebastián Cunningham es guardián y director de retiros hasta octubre 1, 2001.

1997-1998. El camino de la entrada es pavimentado. Se construyó la adición llamado Salón Serra. El atrio es restaurado. El granero de adobe fue removido y se amplió el estacionamiento. La alfombra fue reemplazada en los salones de conferencias. La alfombra y los asientos de la capilla fueron reemplazados. Se hicieron renovaciones en los baños.

2001, El Padre Don Adamski fue tutor de agosto 2001-2005.

El Padre Sebastián continuó como director del 2001 a diciembre 2002.

2002, Los retiros de ACTS (Adoration Community Theology) empezaron en El Paso y son recibidos en el Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz.
Encuentros Matrimoniales y otros menos populares continuaron viniendo hasta cerca del 2004.

2003, El Padre Cyprian Uline fue director de retiros de enero de ese año hasta el 2005.

Febrero 2003, Aires acondicionados fueron instalados en las habitaciones del centro de retiro.

2004, el programa de formación de diáconos comenzó a reunirse en el Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz.
Septiembre 2004. El Festival Franciscano de Bellas Artes fue revivido después de varios años para atraer a un gran grupo de artistas y músicos a disfrutar del ambiente del Centro de Retiro y crear conciencia y fondos para el ministerio.

Julio 2005, El Padre Miguel Briseño se convirtió en tutor y director del centro hasta agosto 2010. Una campaña para construir una capilla se inició.

Octubre 2005, nuevo estuco se agregó a las habitaciones del centro.

2007-2008. Un nuevo sistema de sonido, proyectores y ventanas se compraron para las dos salas de conferencias.

Noviembre 2008. Una encuesta indica que la propiedad tiene un total de 89.28 hectáreas, de las cuales 54 tienen 2,420 nogales y el 26.7 acres se cultiva alfalfa.

Marzo 2009. Johnny Pacheco toma al cuidado los nogales con un contrato de 6 años.

Agosto 2010. El Fraile Tom Smith se convierte en el guardián del convento y director de los retiros.
Le sería muy agradecido si usted puede dar una donación para ayudar al ministerio del Centro de Retiro Santa Cruz o a Los Frailes Franciscanos. Nuestra dirección es 600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, NM 880047. El número de teléfono es (575) 524-3688.

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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.

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Mesilla Park, NM 88047 US

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