700 North Sunnyside Avenue Sierra Madre, California 91024-1000
Phone: (626) 355 - 7188 Fax: (626) 355 - 0485

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In this picture, St. Paul of the Cross, the original Passionist Father, looks out over the grounds where the fiesta is held, which looks out over the San Gabriel Valley, and on a clear day like the day of this Fiesta in the year 2000, the skyscrapers in Los Angeles are visible as well.

(6/18/04) Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center to Hold 57th Annual Fiesta Next Weekend  The Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center will hold its 57th Annual Fiesta on Sunday, June 27th.  The Fiesta is held annually to raise funds to help in covering the Retreat Center's expenses.  One of the highlights of the Fiesta is the barbecue beef/chicken dinner at which local "celebs" and dignitaries such as City Council members traditionally take a turn at serving up the meals.  The Fiesta will also feature booths with burgers, pizza, hot dogs, cotton candy, sno-cones, ice cream and more.  There will be a free children's art contest with supplies provided and prizes.  There will be pony rides and a petting zoo, a plant booth, tours of the retreat center, bingo in an air-conditioned setting, and the popular wine and cheese tasting event.  There will also be a plant booth and boutique featuring hand-crafted wares and arts and crafts.  Entertainment will be provided by San Gabriel Folklorico  (Mexican and Spanish dancing) from 3:30 to 4:00pm.  From 4:45 to 5:45, enjoy the sounds of Mariachi Juvenil, and from 5:45 to 8:30pm, Clearly Bluegrass will be performing.  First prize in this year's raffle is $10,000, 2nd prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.  A bonus of $500 will be paid to the winner if they are on the grounds when the winner is announced.

Mission Statement


We are a Passionist Retreat Center, preaching the Passion of Jesus Christ.
We seek to welcome all who wish to hear the message of the Passion through our traditions of
preaching, hospitality, and compassion.
We resolve to place our focus on the Passion of Jesus Christ and its relevance in the lives of people today.
We also resolve to foster and promote spiritual growth and renewal through Passionist retreat programs,

and by providing a peaceful environment of prayer and reflection.


2003 Family Fiesta

Sunday, June 29, 2003, 3pm to 8pm.


Photo Archives

Click here for pictures taken after a grass fire occurred on the grounds, 2002

Click here for pictures of the 2002 Family Fiesta

Click here for pictures of the 2000 Family Fiesta

Some other upcoming Sierra Madre events of interest

Fourth of July  July

American Cancer Society Relay for Life  Sept

Pioneer Days  October

Huck Finn Day  March

SMVFA Easter Egg Hunt  April

Sierra Madre Friends of the Library Art Fair  May

Mt. Wilson Trail Race   May

Sierra Madre Surf Club Annual Luau June


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