The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) invites you to visit Tepeyac House, our Visitor Center! Browse books on the Christian contemplative tradition in our bookstore or simply sit and enjoy our grounds from beneath the shade of the Trinity Tree, one of the oldest cottonwood trees in the region.
Our Visitor Center is open Tuesday — Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mountain Time.
Built in the 1930s, Tepeyac House is the oldest building on our campus. It was originally built in 1930 by the Gonzalez family and is the oldest home in the neighborhood. Sr. Paula Gonzalez, a Sister of Charity and a pioneer for alternative energy in the U.S., lived there with her family until entering college in the 1950s.
The name “Tepeyac” was first applied to house by the Franciscans of the New Mexico Province after they purchased the property from the Gonzalez family to use as a formation house. It was then bought by the CAC in 1990 and used as a guest house for fifteen years before morphing into our primary offices.
Today, Tepeyac House is the CAC’s Visitor Center. In addition to the beautiful adobe buildings, the grounds also include fruit trees, grapevines, a rose garden, and one of the oldest “grandmother” cottonwood trees in the region, which years ago Father Richard named the Trinity Tree. The canal (or “acequia”) which channels water from the Rio Grande, was used by the Spaniards over 300 years ago to irrigate farmland in the area and is still used today on our grounds.
In 2001 the CAC obtained Stillpoint (1823 Five Points Rd), an adobe home that previously belonged to the Damien Brothers Community, whose ministry was with the HIV/AIDS community. The Brothers were inspired by Father Damien, a Belgian priest who had lived and served people with leprosy on the Hawaiian island of Molokai for 16 years until his death from the disease in 1889. Stillpoint contains the beautiful etched glass window that stands as a memorial to the AIDS community and the brother’s generous work.
Stillpoint is also the location of a 6-circuit Chartres-style labyrinth. It is available for walking anytime the CAC is open. All who seek to walk are welcome.
To help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure guest and employee safety, we have taken and will continue taking actions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local governmental entities.