Desert House of Prayer


With the presence of COVID–19 virus in our midst and the economic downturn, some hard decisions about our immediate future at the Desert House of Prayer have been made. With heavy hearts, the Redemptorist leadership of the Denver Province has decided to indefinitely suspend the operations of Desert House of Prayer effective June 1, 2020.

If you want more information please see the letter from the Core Community….

The most pressing reasons are the limited number of Redemptorists to direct the center, the physical condition of the plant and costly repair needs that are arising, and the uncertainty about when and whether the Desert House of Prayer would be able to return to normal operation as the pandemic continues.

We realize for all who find DHOP beloved, to have this ministry suspended indefinitely is a great loss, a sadness, and perhaps an agitation. However, our mission of contemplation and hospitality, solitude and silence can be carried in the heart and soul and will always be with you on your spiritual journey.

Staff is on site to secure the property; there is no public access to the property or public worship at this time.


Who We Are

Located on thirty-one acres of Sonoran Desert just outside Tucson, Arizona, Desert House of Prayer, founded in 1974, is a spiritual center and community committed to silence. Surrounded by three mountain ranges, the natural beauty of terrain evokes an awareness of God’s grandeur. The conditions are ideal for fruitful solitude, in which “all things find their just emphasis.” —Rilke

We are rooted in contemplative Catholic traditions, but we welcome people of all faiths and denominations. Those seeking silence in order to encounter and respond to the Divine are at home here. People of all faiths have found Desert House of Prayer a place conducive to rest, reflection, and opening to God. Authors, artists, caregivers, counselors, teachers, and those in transition have found us a haven for reorientation and renewal.

Retreat with Us

We offer intentional hospitality to those who seek prayerful silence and solitude for reflection, discernment, renewal, healing, and to draw closer to God.

Spiritual Direction

We offer spiritual direction to both retreatants and non-retreatants for healing, health, and greater wholeness.

Sunday Community

We have an established fellowship that is always welcoming newcomers!