Desert House of Prayer

Contemplative Prayer, Silence and Solitude

Desert House of Prayer is a center for Contemplative prayer in the Christian, Catholic tradition. Located on thirty-one acres of Sonoran Desert outside Tucson, Arizona, Desert House of Prayer, founded in 1974, is a place 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

Desert House of Prayer is a contemplative community that offers intentional hospitality to those who seek prayerful silence and solitude for reflection, discernment, renewal, or healing, and to draw closer to God. We feel that God and the desert do enough work in the heart that we do not need to offer workshops, programs, or seminars. We do offer a clear structure of daily worship and prayer that individuals may take advantage of to whatever degree they desire. One purpose of the structure is to allow time and space for paying attention to how God is working within as well as around us. We also provide spiritual direction.

People seeking silence in order to encounter and respond to God’s gracious invitation to intimacy with the Divine are most at home here! Women and men, young and old, are among our guests. They are from various religious traditions and include:

• Mothers and fathers and single people
• Members of religious communities and parish priests
• Lay professionals such as authors, poets, photographers, musicians and other artists
• Caregivers, counselors and teachers
• People in transition


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Desert House of Prayer
P.O. Box 570, Cortaro, AZ 85652
(520) 744-3825