As a response to a divine call, Mary W. Guenzel's mission was to provide a place of respite for those seeking a break from the noise and haste of the world and to reconnect with God. Here on 70 acres amid the Pike National Forest, she established a retreat center for parish groups, community church organizations, couples, and individuals.
Mary's gift provides retreatants a home-like atmosphere in each of our facilities. Both Annunciation and Visitation Halls offer a peaceful and hospitable atmosphere. She has designed Seraphim Hermitages especially for individuals, couples, and small group silent retreats. Casa Jose is a specially appointed facility offering a quiet atmosphere for 1-2 individuals or couples. The beautifully designed chapel, San Francisco Javier Oratory, was blessed and dedicated by Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs. St. Mary Hall, where you will check in at our Hospitality Desk, offers additional respite to retreatants and visitors in the lounge area with its seating in front of a beautiful fireplace and views of the forest and the peak.
Mary is remembered for her great humor, tremendous love, and extraordinary faith. We continue, as always, dedicated to upholding her legacy and serving the mission of El Tesoro that she began in 2003.
Only fear the LORD, and serve him faithfully with all your heart, for consider what great things he has done for you. - 1 Samuel 12:24