Update #1: We are safe

To our community of friends and supporters,

We are grateful that so many have reached out to learn how La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center (LCDM), which was directly in the path of Tuesday’s powerful mudslide, is faring. Most important, all guests had been evacuated prior to the slide and we have confirmed that all members of our staff are safe.

At this moment we continue to be in prayer for those in our community who have lost loved ones, those who are still missing, and the rescue personnel working around the clock to recover survivors and help those who are stranded to safety.

It has been reported by some that La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center “is gone” – LCDM is not gone. Aerial footage makes it clear that several structures on our 26-acre property are severely damaged, some are destroyed, while still others remain standing. LCDM is far from gone and until we are able to get access to the property we won’t be able to fully assess the extent of the damage. Only then will be able to plan our path to recovery.

La Casa has endured many challenges over its 75-year history. Despite the destruction caused by this event, we continue to hold the land as sacred and our mission unchanged. We believe the world will always need places of renewal like La Casa, and we are resolute in our determination to recover.

Times of great loss can teach us how many people care, as well as how we can be a resource to the community. Through all our years, we have been sustained and inspired by thousands of people who believe in what we do, and we are feeling that support now more than ever. We will rebuild, and we will be renewed.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for the latest information. In the meantime, we keep the victims of this tragedy and the first responders in our prayers and thoughts.

Thank you again for all of your love and support,

Steve Jacobsen, Director
La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center