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Statement of Suspension of Programming through February 16th, 2021

Posted January 9th, 2021

San Alfonso Retreat House is suspending all programming at the Center through February 16, 2021, following the guidelines of the United States Center for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey Health Department, and local public health officials.  The recent post-Thanksgiving uptick in Covid-19 cases, the anticipated post-holiday surge of even more, along with already confirmed reports of Covid-19 ‘variant’ cases, have intensified public health recommendations to refrain from gathering and congregating in large groups and to remain within one’s own ‘Covid bubble of safety’ over the next few weeks.    

This decision comes after prayerful discernment and from a conviction that this temporary suspension is a prudent and necessary course of action to protect the health and well-being of all retreatants, our staff, and the Redemptorist community who resides here at San Alfonso.

Be assured that we will keep you updated on our 2021 Retreat schedule and other important information as soon as it becomes clear that we can reopen safely and in compliance with public health mandates and protocols.    Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 732-222-2731 (ext 140) with any questions or concerns regarding this message. 

Please join the Redemptorist Community and the San Alfonso Retreat House Staff in praying for the recovery of all those who are affected by this disease and those who care for them, for the swift containment of anticipated surges, and for the effective distribution of the vaccine.  With God’s help, we will soon be welcoming you back to San Alfonso for some rest and renewal.  Be assured of our prayer that you stay well and safe until we are back together again. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your interest in and support of San Alfonso.  May God bless you with peace, health, and hope!



San Alfonso Retreat House - Celebrating 95 Years!.

We are so blessed and ever grateful for the continued prayers and support of our mission and ministry at San Alfonso which has welcomed guests and retreatants for 95 years! We look forward to serving you as we journey toward 100. Your financial support is a great gift which helps sustain the good works of this retreat ministry. Special thanks to all those who have responded so generously to our recent appeal. If you have not yet had the opportunity to do so, please consider San Alfonso in your yearend giving.

May God bless you for all your goodness to us! Thank you!

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A Word of Thanks

Brother Bernard “Bernie “ Colleran, C.Ss.R.

Born In Time: October 8,1930

Born to Eternal Life: June 9, 2020 

The many gracious expressions of sympathy and prayerful support that we  received at the recent death of our ‘Brother Bernie’ on June 9, 2020, are deeply appreciated. Whether in a thoughtful note, a kind email or Facebook post,  a Mass card, and/or a donation in his memory, we thank you for your loving and generous remembrance of Brother Bernie and for your care and support of all of us at San Alfonso at this tender time.  We will always cherish the gift of Brother Bernie’s life and presence among us and will surely count on his continued blessing as he lives on now with Jesus and all the saints in glory!   We trust, too, that knowing his life of faith, he would want us to carry on with trust and hope in God’s love and providence. Thank you again for your prayers, kindness, and goodness to Brother Bernie and to all of us.  

Peace and blessings to you always!

The Redemptorist Community and Staff of San Alfonso Retreat House




In Memoriam - 06/19/2020

San Alfonso Mourns the Passing of Brother Bernie Read more



Spiritual Communion During this Time of Pandemic

Making an Act of Spiritual Communion has a long history in the Christian Tradition. This practice reflects a deep desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. During this time of an international health crisis, we offer the following Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists, and we pray that we may soon gather again around the table of the Eucharist to receive him sacramentally. 

My Jesus, I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love you more than anything in the world, and I hunger to feed on your flesh.  But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed my soul at least spiritually.  I unite myself to you now as I do when I actually receive you.  Never let me drift away from you.


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