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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following my announcement as the new bishop for the Diocese of Rapid City in the Spring of 2020, I began to gather information about the Church – the people and facilities – in western South Dakota.
It became clear that, among the treasures of the diocese, the Terra Sancta Retreat Center shines brightly. Built and maintained through the sacrificial generosity of many, this spiritual sanctuary offers a quiet, restful place for renewal and reflection, a hospitable space for gatherings and meetings, and many programs and formation opportunities to help God’s People grow in faith and holiness.
The beautiful Holy Cross Chapel lifts hearts to God, steeped in the long tradition of prayer by the Benedictine Sisters who built it. The center offers outdoor Stations of the Cross to invite reflection, trails for recreation, and comfortable guest rooms to welcome visitors and retreatants, not to mention fine dining and catering services.
Many, many thanks to all of the generous donors who made the retreat center possible and to all who continue to offer prayers and donations for the success of Terra Sancta. Your support for our own “holy ground” is very much appreciated. I encourage everyone to consider a visit to Terra Sancta. Come and rest a while with the Lord!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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.