As the 900th anniversary of our Norbertine Order was approaching, the Abbey community was discerning how best to honor our religious heritage in New Mexico. We decided to seek the resources to expand and develop the modest retreat and conference facilities of our Norbertine Spirituality Center.

The expansion is near completion and its opening will happen in two stages.  In early July, we will be able to offer 14 new guest rooms, a new retreat gathering space that has a kitchen and can seat up to 40 people, and 4 new hermitages for individuals desiring a private retreat from 2 to 30 nights. Each of the new hermitages offers a striking view of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley.  In November, when the entire project is completed, we will have the capacity to offer 56 beds, 4 meeting spaces that can seat from 40 to 160 people, and 4 hermitages for private retreats.

One of the charisms of our 900-year-old religious heritage is to attempt to meet the needs of the local Church as we discern them.  We have never been tied to any one ministry.  With the closing of four retreat and spirituality centers in our area in recent years, a welcoming retreat center is clearly needed. Our expansion will allow more retreatants to have an opportunity to take some time apart—to tend to their inner life and deepen their relationship with God.

The need to step away from the busyness of life is evident.  Patti Dailey, Director of our Norbertine Spirituality Center, indicates that group retreat reservations are scheduled for most weekends through the remainder of 2022.  The beauty is that we will have more guest rooms and, in a short time, additional conference spaces.