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La Purisima Retreat Center

La Purisima is 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.

For the many groups and parishes of the Diocese of Tucson, as well as our other guests, La Purisima 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.

For more information, please contact the Retreat Coordinator at (520) 240-5658 or LPRetreatcenter@gmail.com or visiting http://www.lpretreat.org

 

Shrine Specification

This small private shrine, open to the public, is located on a mountain side in Southeast Arizona, part of the Huachucan Mountain Range, at an elevation of 5300 feet. It has proven to be an outpouring of God's love and mercy.

It was initially opened March 1998.

Chapel

The small quaint stone chapel lies in close proximity to the 75 foot Celtic cross and the 31 foot statue of Our Lady. The chapel honors the continued presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

 

 

Cross

Height - 75 Foot; Weight - 30 Tons ; Frame - Structural Steel; Exterior - Concrete/Fiberglass; Finish - Hand Sculptured; "VITA" - Means life

 

Madonna

Height - 30 Foot; Weight - 25 Tons; Frame - Welded Steel; Exterior - Concrete Finish - Hand Sculptured

 

Chapel (Inside the chapel was destroyed in the fire of 2011)

Original Chapel:  680 Square Feet; Material - Local Field Stone; Beams - Original 170 Year Old Hand Hewed Michigan Oak; Ceiling - Latillas are Northern Arizona Aspen Small Cross - Antique Spanish;

New Chapel: 680 Square Feet

Donna Ramaeker (Local Artist) (The mural was redesigned by the same local artist)

Mural (Jesus)

Donna Ramaeker (Local Artist). Mary's Knoll before the fire.

At back of the Cross Cross - Model of present cross Madonna - Sculptured by Joe Camaioni It was a place of prayer during the planning and construction of the shrine. Stations of the Cross - Completed in 2002

 

Please note: Washrooms are under the chapel. There is a handicap drop off. Smoking, alcohol, food, or climbing on rocks are NOT permitted.

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