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Our History...PAST

Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community

In 1972, Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community began as a small Catholic prayer group in a living room in El Paso's Lower Valley. We have held weekly prayer meetings ever since and initiated annual Catholic charismatic conferences. Starting in 1973, our prayer meetings took place in various locations, including Corpus Christi Monastery, Mt. Carmel Church, Saints Peter & Paul Church, and Loretto Academy. Hundreds of people became renewed in the Holy Spirit through Life in the Spirit Seminars. In 1976, we incorporated as a 501-c-3 religious and charitable corporation and qualified as IRS tax exempt.

During the early 1980s, we started a Catholic TV ministry at the request of Bishop Patrick Flores. A small building on Alameda Avenue was rented as our headquarters for producing programs in English and Spanish for KCIK, a Christian television station. Our TV ministry was affiliated with Santa Fe Communications of Los Angeles, so we named our small facility “Centro Santa Fe”. Our office was located in a depressed area near the Mexican border and needy families began to come seeking help; thus began our ministry to the poor which has grown into a large food bank and help center.


In 1993, as our TV production ended due to lack of finances, our service to the local community expanded. A larger facility was needed and we purchased an old dance hall, our current location, and turned it into a ministry center and food bank. In 2000, just after we finished paying off the mortgage on our new center, a large parcel of vacant land next door came up for sale. It had formerly been the site of a drive-in movie theater. The idea of ransoming those 15 acres to build something for the Lord was exciting! We mortgaged the center and the new property. After much prayer for God's plan, the vision of the Holy Spirit Retreat and Renewal Center was formed. We are presently preparing to fulfill this vision. Go to our Retreat Center page to learn more.
We invite all who read this to pray about becoming a part of this ambitious and exciting project! Believers in the vision of the Holy Spirit Retreat House and Renewal Center who pledge regular support sign up as "Holy Sprit Christian Warriors". If the idea of building something beautiful for God on the site of an old drive in theater to create a place where people can come for a time of refreshment and renewal of faith sounds like something you would be glad to support, contact us to join this effort! There are many ministries and projects worthy of support but we think a place where evangelization, conversion, and growth in the Spirit can produce and nourish committed, knowledgeable people who will be a force for good in the world deserves prayerful consideration.  Read more on our Retreat page. Join us! 
Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community


Each year we sponsor events which provide inspiration, entertainment, and some fundraising opportunities. A few examples: a Charismatic Conference in March, a Marian Celebration every May, and the very colorful Fiesta of the Nations in the Fall. 
Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community
Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community
Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community
Open Arms Catholic Charismatic Community
Contact us today at (877) 629-0201 for more information. You can help us continue our ministries with a donation
by check to Open Arms at our address above, by phone with credit card, or by clicking Contact above.
Designate “General Fund”, “Retreat Center Project” or "Food Bank". Donations are tax deductible.