Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!

Holy Cross Catholic Retreat Center

Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!












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.  


“He is the Potter, We are the Clay”

Holy Cross Retreat Center
600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, NM

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, registration 7:00-7:30pm till Sunday the 22nd at 1:00pm.

With Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. director

Using clay and a pottery wheel we will reflect on our relationship with God and one another.  Scriptural references and the opportunity to try your hand with the clay will give this retreat a very personal feel. 

Retreat fee: 
Individual room for Friday and Saturday plus the program and five meals--$155.00. 

Shared room would be $125.00 each person.

Commuter:  includes five meals and presentations--$70.00.

Call 575 524-3688 or email for more details and to make a reservation.   (Deposit of $25.00 needed to hold a room.)
Please join us for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017, at 6:30pm in our Chapel.  Rev. Paul Miller will be speaking on "Reconciliation" and how we can work together in service of God and one another.  A light reception will follow. 

Fr. Albert Haase, OFM:

Contemporary Holiness: Becoming the Person God Calls Us to Be

January 21, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Las Cruces 9am - 4pm

There are many ways to think about the spiritual life. In recent years, many spiritual writers have talked about the True Self and the False Self. The True Self is the person whom God has created me to be. The False Self is the person whom I have made myself into.

On Saturday, January 21, Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, will lead us in a workshop dealing with the True Self and the False Self. He'll begin by discussing how the spiritual journey is a process of transformation. He will discuss the 10 characteristics of the True Self which indicate we are growing in the person God calls us to be. He’ll discuss the “lie” of the False Self’s agenda and how we all become trapped in it. Finally, he will discuss how to break free of the False Self’s agenda and begin the transformative journey to the True Self.

Fr. Albert's books and DVDs will be available for purchase during the day (cash or checks only). The day begins at 9am and concludes at 4pm. There is a $10.00 donation payable at the door. Lunch will be on your own. No prior registration required.

About Fr. Albert: Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Albert Haase, OFM, is a popular preacher, teacher, and spiritual director. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the author of nine books on popular spirituality and the presenter on four best selling DVDs. He trains spiritual directors in the diocese of Springfield, Illinois. He lives in Crowley, Texas. Visit his web site at or on Facebook: "Albert Haase, OFM"

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church • 518 Alameda Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM 88005 Phone:(575) 526-6333 

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