At Terra Sancta Retreat Center, we exist to help you experience a deeper and more meaningful encounter with Jesus Christ and one another.

We believe in a world where everyone is treated with dignity, welcomes the truth, knows they are loved, and comes away feeling like family.

Whether you join us for an event, a catered meal, or a weekend away we invite you to come experience the peace and power of His presence in this holy place.

We invite you to Come Away and Rest in God.




What our guests



The Garden in Bloom (in July)

Children's Memorial Garden

A life-size statue of Jesus with his arms open wide welcoming three children running to Him are at the center of the Children’s Memorial Garden at Terra Sancta.

Station IX

Via Dolorosa

The Stations of the Cross are displayed on granite slabs set among the ponderosa pine trees.  Each station has a bench inviting you to sit and reflect on the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jesus Main Title Page

Mt of Beatitudes

In an open meadow just above the main entrance of the retreat center, the Mt of Beatitudes Amphitheater features an awe-inspiring crucifix, marble altar and ambo, as well as bench seating and a firepit.

Hiking Trails

Trails & Challenge Course

Almost 1.5 miles of hiking trails loop through the wooded hillside to the west of the retreat center.  Along a portion of the trail, a Challenge Course provides opportunities for your group to strengthen yourselves – as individuals and as a team.


A word from


From my arrival in 2011 through the dedication of the Terra Sancta campus in May of 2012 and to my recent day of meetings with priests in the retreat center, I have seen the powerful impact that this center for formation, reflection, fellowship and prayer has had upon the People of God in the Diocese of Rapid City. We are able to bring people together from across western South Dakota and beyond and offer them hospitality, programs for renewal and formation and an opportunity to encounter Christ in many ways at Terra Sancta.

These encounters, this space and our expanded ministry have been possible because of the generous sacrifices offered by so many people who saw the vision of Terra Sancta and were moved to participate in building up the Kingdom of God through contributions to the We Walk by Faith Appeal, membership in the Terra Sancta Guild, participation in programs offered at the Retreat Center, making quilts, building trails, and offering many other monetary and in-kind donations. Many, many thanks to all of you for your support!

Your continued prayers and support for the important work that we do at Terra Sancta are very much appreciated. Be assured of my prayers for you. May God bless you and may you know the faith, hope and joy of His presence each day.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Robert D. Gruss

Bishop, Diocese of Rapid City



Visiting the Hills or simply need a weekend away? We’d love to host you as our guest.

Lodging availability is dependent on retreat center events. If your desired date is not available, please contact us for potential openings.








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2101 City Springs Road, Suite 300

Rapid City, SD 57702

8am-4pm Monday-Saturday

Extended hours & Sundays for events.


(605) 716-0925

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