Mission and History
Located on spacious and secluded grounds in the city of Citrus Heights, Christ the King Passionist Retreat & Conference Center is distinguished by a spirit of serenity and tranquility, graced with kindness, compassion and hospitality.
We welcome you to experience the Passionist difference!
Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center was established by the Passionist Community in 1946. In 1960, a new retreat center facility opened its doors and expanded its ministry to include programs for men, women, married couples, clergy and religious, educators, youth, and healthcare professionals.
Hospitality has been the cornerstone for Christ the King Retreat Center from its beginning. Our goal is to provide all who come an atmosphere of warmth, welcome and openness in a secure and tranquil environment. Our modern, spacious facility along with the staff's attentiveness and concern for details assures a pleasant and successful setting for your meeting, conference or retreat needs.
The history of Passionists in California goes back to 1852, to the wild Gold Rush days when many immigrants were making their way to a new life. Fr. Peter Magagnotto, CP, was the first Passionist to set foot on American soil and left the east coast to serve in this developing region.
Eventually the Passionists founded a retreat center in Sierra Madre, CA, and because of their presence there, were asked to establish another retreat center near Sacramento. In 1946, the Passionists purchased land from the Cross family estate in Citrus Heights. The retreat center itself was completed in 1950, and was expanded in 1957 when military barracks from Mather Air Base were moved onto the property to accommodate the growing need for space.
Continuing to Grow
Another expansion was undertaken in 1987. The Holy Cross Building was constructed with forty retreatant rooms, three small conference rooms and a beautiful large assembly room. The enlarged facilities have allowed for the natural expansion of retreat programs.
Each year, approximately 3000 men and women attend the 31 weekend retreats, midweek retreats and days of recollection. Programs such as married couples retreats, engaged retreats, 12step retreats, weekly AA meetings, directed retreats, eastern spirituality retreats, Triduum and New Year’s Eve retreats, have added to the variety of spiritual growth opportunities offered at Christ the King Retreat Center.