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.

What we do

Often a warm welcome, a caring person to listen, a nice meal, and a room are  healing to people.  The Retreat Center fosters an atmosphere of hospitality and justice in the Franciscan Tradition as well as direct services to those in need. 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 diversity of guests, including those who are refugees and need a temporary place, especially families who have permission to seek asylum and want help to get to family members or sponsors in the US. We also host those who are in imminent danger of deportation and are trying to keep their family together.

What we offer

  • Hospitality and shelter for migrants and refugees
  • “Know your Rights” workshops
  • Legal counsel (through Catholic Charities)
  • Media regarding families with heartbreaking immigration dilemmas.

How you can partner with us and join our cause


Volunteers at the Retreat Center are welcome and needed! Please contact us through our volunteer form here:  www.holycrossretreat.org


Information about how to donate to the work of the Retreat Center can be found here: www.holycrossretreat.org/donate/



Fr. Tom Smith, OFM Conv

📧  programas@holycrossretreat.org 

☎️ 1-575-524-3688

600 Holy Cross Rd. Mesilla Park, NM 88047