Siena Prayer Center, Ventura, California, a sponsored ministry of the Sister of the Holy Cross

Siena Prayer Center

“Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” —Mark 6:31

Come and deepen your relationship with God. Be still and open yourself to the Divine Presence. Come, spend some quiet time. Discover new insights. Let God surprise you.

Siena Prayer Center — located at Saint Catherine by the Sea, Ventura, California — with its beautifully landscaped grounds, will help you to experience God in a unique and special way.

You are invited to walk the paths and enjoy the lovely gardens, climb the hill behind the center, and enjoy a view of the ocean from on high.

The center offers a variety of options to personalize your experience.
Please contact Sister Gloria Valdovinos, CSC, at gloriacsc2@juno.com or 805-652-1700 ext. 228 or 300 for more information.

  • Spiritual Direction (by appointment)
  • Individual Retreats (reservations necessary)
  • Group Retreat Sessions
  • Spirituality Workshops
  • Labyrinth Walk 
  • Limited Facilities for Groups
  • Centering Prayer/Lectio Divina
    Resisting Happiness, by Michael Kelly – 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, by James Finley – 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 1 - 3 p.m.

Services are available in English and Spanish.
Servicios están disponibles en ingl​és y español.

Mission Statement

Siena Prayer Center is a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Saint Catherine by the Sea Convent. Our mission is to provide a serene and peaceful environment conducive to deepening one’s prayer life and awareness of the presence of God. The center is rooted in scriptural values of the vision and spirit of Blessed Basil Anthony Mary Moreau, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. As women religious we are called to serve and be “signs of hope for ourselves and the world.”

Offering

The suggested offering is:

  • Spiritual Direction: $25-50
  • Overnight with Meals: $70 (with Spiritual Direction - $80) 

Please make checks payable to: The Sisters of the Holy Cross

Directions

On the 101 Freeway from the South: Take the Seaward Avenue exit, turn right at the end of the off-ramp and continue to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street to Santa Cruz Street where you will turn right to Poli Street. Cross Poli directly into the main gate of Saint Catherine by the Sea. Enter and turn right at the stop sign (approximately 100 yards) driving up the hill and around the circle where you can park. You will see the entrance and stairs to Siena Prayer Center.

On the 101 Freeway from the North: Take the Seaward Avenue exit, turn left at the end of the off-ramp and left again on Seaward Street to Main Street. Turn left on Main Street to Santa Cruz Street where you will turn right to Poli Street. Cross Poli directly into the main gate of Saint Catherine by the Sea. Enter and turn right at the stop sign (approximately 100 yards) driving up the hill and around the circle where you can park. You will see the entrance and stairs to Siena Prayer Center.


Siena Prayer Center, Saint Catherine by the Sea

1931 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93001-2360
Phone: 805-652-1700, ext. 228 or 300
Email: gloriacsc2@juno.com
Director: Sister Gloria Valdovinos, CSC