Santiago Retreat Center is a Catholic Christian Retreat Center. We provide a beautiful rustic venue to hold your next retreat or event that is comfortable and accommodating for both small and large groups. We have a variety of activities including a large swimming pool, Whiffle Ball field, hiking trails, low ropes, game room, as well as chapels, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor meeting spaces, and more.
Located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, just 17 miles from heart of Orange County, the newly consecrated Christ Cathedral. Situated on 500 acres of wilderness setting, our facility includes 500 beds with four distinct retreat areas, each with its own chapel, meeting rooms, recreational space and dormitories.
The vision for Santiago Retreat Center is as simple as it is necessary, to assist you in the renewal of parish life through retreats, camps and events which meet the family in each stage of development and walk with them to where Christ is calling them to be.
We place a special emphasis on Confirmation preparation, but our summer camps and Catholic school science camps are particularly helpful to our families throughout the southland.
EVER LIFTED BY THESE PILLARS
Placing Jesus Christ at the Center of All Activity
EVANGELIZING THE CULTURE
Producing & Managing Kairos, Confirmation & Catholic Retreats
LEADING WITH BEAUTY
Embracing the Natural Splendor of God’s Creation
Working in Support of Catholic Parishes, Schools, & Ministries
GROUNDED IN THE EUCHARIST
Celebrating Daily Mass and Monthly Adoration
about OUR CHAPLAIN
Fr. Glenn Baaten | Chaplain of Santiago Retreat Center.
“I can truly say that my faith journey has certainly been just that, a journey,” said Father Baaten, 58, the newly appointed pastor of St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish in Carlsbad. The parish is not part of the Diocese of San Diego, but rather the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and his flock is composed of former Anglicans like himself.
Father Baaten did not grow up in a home where the faith was fervently practiced. Later, as a teenager, he felt drawn to the “dynamic expression” of the faith that he saw in Charismatic Christianity. He later joined the Episcopal Church and then the Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained a pastor, but ultimately left both denominations after encountering theology that he considered to be at odds with “the ageless teaching of the Church.”
He joined the traditional Anglican Church of North America and was ordained an Anglican priest. But he and his wife ultimately decided to “become visible members of the Roman Catholic Church.”
“We were confirmed and received into the Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Eve 2013,” he said. “We were finally home.”
Though he was resigned to being a member of the Catholic laity, his ministry experience and the retirement of Father George Ortiz-Guzman, his predecessor as pastor of St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, provided the opportunity to serve as a pastor once again.
He was ordained a transitional deacon in the Catholic Church on May 31 by Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Bishop Lopes also was in attendance at his priestly ordination on June 24.
“I thank God for all the years He has allowed me to serve His Church,” said Father Baaten, “as a Presbyterian pastor, an Anglican priest and now, most especially, as one serving the fullness of the Church as a Roman Catholic priest.”