Holy Cross Retreat Center

Holy Cross Catholic Retreat Center

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Pope Francis has called for September 1st to be a World Day of Peace. It begins the "Season of Creation"; which runes through October 4th.

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The 2015 Annual Report with a recap of the past year, pictures, a financial report, and a list of many retreats and events from January to June 2016 is available.

El Reporte Anual de 2015 con eventos del año pasado, un reporte financial, una lista de retiros y eventos enero de junio, está disponible.

The local Health magazine did a cover story on the Holy Cross Retreat Center as a "House of Healing" describing a retreat as a way to heal our souls and spirits.  You can see all the pictures of the Chapel and the article by clicking here.





























Confirmation retreat!  The youth from La Purissima Parish in Socorro, TX came to Holy Cross Apr. 30-May 1 for their annual Confirmation retreat. 

The catechist and Deacon William guided them through a wonderful experience of faith renewal, prayer, and enjoyment.  Here you can see them building a pyramid as part of the community building and trust. 

The parents and families of the youth came for the closing mass outside near the gazebo to share in the special event.  They hope to return each year!

Fr. Tom Smith using a pottery wheel during a Parish retreat at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City.  The theme was "From Clay to Community" and he was able to use the images of working with clay to inspire spiritual growth as individuals, family, and as a church. 

One of 45 couples who participated in the Engaged Encounter on March 5 and 6, 2011.  This couple is sitting in the atrium while discussing some of what they had written for each other.

Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish talked about the sacraments
The ACTS retreats are very strong in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.  Holy Cross Retreat Center hosts about eleven of the renewal weekends each year, for both men and women, and in English and Spanish.

Fr. Tom is working with them directly to get to know them better and to maintain good relations.  Here is a picture of a group on Oct. 28-31, 2010 from San Patricio Cathedral Parish and Queen of Peace Church in El Paso.

They had 51 candidates, with team, music ministry, and priests totaling 91 people.  Holy Cross was filled with the power of their prayer, music, and joy!  Here, Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish spoke about the sacraments with the candidates, in our atrium.

Opening procession with candles
 Both the local English and Spanish speaking groups of Secular Franciscans, several Franciscans sisters, and other guests joined with the friars for a pleasant celebration of the "Transitus" on October 3rd. 

We began outside, walked and sang with a candlelight procession to the Chapel, then continued with a bilingual reading of various Franciscan and Scriptural accounts. 

Blessing with the relic of St. Francis

Fr. Don Adamski OFM Conv. was the presider and preacher.  The ceremony concluded with a blessing with a relic of St. Francis of Assisi and a reception for about 35 people.  It is good to celebrate our heritage and invite others to join together.



Holy Cross Retreat has confessions at 6:00pm and mass at 6:30 each Wednesday evening in the new Chapel.


October 7-9 Holy Cross will be providing a retreat on Franciscan themes.  Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. will be talking about his recent sabbatical in Italy and how we can incorporate the Franciscan spirit in our daily lives. 

Women's Healing Retreat

October 14 - 16th, 2016

Healing comes through a restoration of sacred balance.

This retreat will explore ways to find healing through honoring all the images of the Divine in our lives. It is open to all faiths, spiritual but not religious, or alternate faith understandings. Restoring Balance will be a combination of teaching, small group discussion, and learning through experience.

You should leave here with additional insights on forgiveness, healing and love for your own spiritual journey.

Single room overnight $140.00, Commuter $55.00

call 575 524 3688 to register

Come and See Weekend for men 18-40 who are interested in Franciscan Life.  Those who would like to learn more about becoming a brother or a priest are welcome to ask questions, pray, and discern God's call.  For information contact Friar Andy Martinez at 

Taizé Prayer Service

uesday evening, November 15, 2016, at 7:00pm in the New Chapel. A group from El Paso will create a very prayerful and song filled hour of prayer and reflection based on the style of the multilingual prayer from the community at Taizé France.  We hope you can join us.

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