Christ Child Shrine project to break ground this Fall

Summer-2014_CoverThe building on our campus known as the “cottage” which is adjacent to the chapel, has served several purposes over the years. It originally served as living quarters, and later was the offices and meeting space for the Christ Child Society of Phoenix. CLICK NEWSLETTER TO READ MORE.

Silver Anniversary Marks Sanctuary Status for Mt. Claret

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Mt. Claret Retreat Center serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. As the only retreat center of its kind in the diocese, Mt. Claret welcomes Catholic ministries and groups, schools and organizations to “Come to the mountain” to build their programs—and to call their home. Personal stories of spiritual renewal abound at this tranquil, awe-inspiring sanctuary situated at the base of majestic Camelback Mountain. It is no wonder Mt. Claret gracefully enters its 25th year with a silver ribbon that ties back to the origins of the Cursillo Movement in Arizona.

It was 1963 when the Claretian Missionary Fathers purchased the property, then La Fonda Fiesta Guest Ranch, as a residence for priests and the expansion of the Cursillo Movement. They named it after Claretian founder Saint Anthony Mary Claret. Within a few years, the Claretians built Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the premises. Dedicated on April 19, 1969 and the first Cursillo chapel in the United States, Our Lady of Guadalupe still stands today as a testament to the faithful who continue to come to Mt. Claret for solitude and prayer. After more than two decades of ownership by the Claretians, they were no longer able to operate the retreat center and decided to sell the property at the end of the 1980s.

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Welcome to Mount Claret!

Throughout the Gospels we see the Lord Jesus repeatedly call the disciples to step away to a quiet place where they can be sustained by prayer. In fact, he even tells one of His followers that such time spent with him “is the only necessary thing.” Our Lord still desires to spend time with us. After having entered into union with Him by way of our Baptism, we are continually invited by God to grow in knowledge and love with him. Such a profound relationship requires time away from the busyness of our lives when we allow Him to renew us in His love.

Here at the base of Camelback Mountain, Mount Claret Retreat Center provides a true sanctuary where the faithful can step away and attend to the only necessary thing: time spent with the Lord. The center is especially fitting for meetings and retreats for all types of groups and organizations such as parish communities and staff, elementary and high school students and faculty and youth groups. Mount Claret is also the home of Cursillo Retreats, Christ Child Society, Knights & Dames of Malta and many more..

Please feel free to contact us at (602) 840-5066 for further details and to learn how we can make your event both professional and spiritual. We would be honored to extend our hospitality to your parish or group.

Come, let us climb the Lord’s Mountain…that He may instruct us…in His ways and we may walk in His path
—Isaiah 2:3


Mount Claret is a sacred place nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, operates as a Catholic Retreat Center, serving the entire Diocese of Phoenix. Located in Phoenix on 54th Street, just north of Camelback Road, the Center is situated on 15 acres of beautiful Sonoran desert landscape framed by the majestic mountain.  This truly awesome sight beckons visitors to reconnect with the Lord in prayer and reflection. Mount Claret provides an ideal location for a parish, school or Catholic organization’s meetings and retreats.