Diocese of Tucson

La Purisima Retreat Center - named in honor of the Immaculate Conception (in Spanish, La Purisima Concepcion) - was incorporated in the Spring of 2000 to provide a "place apart" in an atmosphere of serenity and peace, where one can experience spiritual renewal and growth in the beautiful high desert of Southeast Arizona.

We are located south of Sierra Vista, Arizona, (see Directions link), easily accessible off of State Highway 92, between mileposts 333 and 334, approximately 85 miles south of Tucson.

Operating in and for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, La Purisima, a non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors under the chairmanship of the Bishop of Tucson, welcomes all persons of good will who are seeking spiritual renewal and growth.

For the many groups and parishes of the Diocese of Tucson, as well as our other guests, La Purisima Retreat Center provides a "desert experience" of prayer and quiet reflection. We are particularly interested in providing retreat facilities for youth groups, but we welcome all groups with special needs.

Designed by Tucson architect Henry Krzysik, Jr., the Spanish-colonial style Retreat Center has a Spiritual Conference building of 4800 sq ft. which will seat up to 300. In addition there is a smaller building of 2300 sq ft which includes a large meeting area, seats up to 80, beautiful, fully equipped kitchen, restrooms with shower facilities, is designed to accommodate 50 cots for sleeping. and large inviting colonnades. There are 17 large, bright guest rooms, each with its own bathroom, and a separate retreat director’s suite. Two of the guest rooms are handicapped equipped for retreatants with special needs.

Six rooms are for double-occupancy, 4 rooms will accommodate 4 persons each on twin beds, 6 rooms will accommodate 8 persons each on bunk beds and 1 room (the bunk house) will accommodate 12 persons on bunk beds (two bathrooms).

La Purisima Retreat Center is located 1 mile from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras, with its beautiful shrine chapel and inspiring Stations of the Cross, which retreatants are welcome to visit.

Each group using La Purisima Retreat Center is responsible for providing their own retreat staff, kitchen crew and clean-up crew for their own event. La Purisima Retreat Center telephone number is (520) 559-0649 or call St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, at (520) 458-2925 or email us for more information. To expedite your Retreat Center reservation, please see our Reserve the Center page. Fill in this form and a Retreat Center representative will contact you. We can also recommend information about local caterers, please click here! For information about local hotels and motels click here!