Festival of Fine Arts

Festival of Fine Arts

"Historically Franciscans have supported the arts and the Art Festival at Holy Cross Retreat Center continues to help us appreciate the beauty around us in God's creation and creativity."

The 2023 Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, is this weekend:

Saturday, 9/2: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 9/3: Mass at 9 a.m. followed by the Festival with Raffle winners announced at 4 p.m.

The event will feature 65+ artists and food vendors. There is also an enchilada dinner and paella dinner, with a beer and wine garden outside. A silent auction will be held in the center atrium, and there are two stages outside with live music.

In addition to traditional retreat offerings, Holy Cross Retreat Center provides Franciscan Hospitality to many people in need. This ministry was featured in America Magazine. The Holy Cross Laudato Si’ Committee promotes education, ecological conversion, and action on the goals of the encyclical. (Learn more about the work of this committee)

Afghan family of 11 with Friar Tom (standing)
A mural at the retreat center honors St. Francis and the diversity of creation that can be found in the region.
The Season of Creation begins tomorrow, September 1, and culminates on October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis!