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Peace and greetings to you from the Redemptorist Community and the staff of San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, New Jersey!   We are now well into summer and we hope that you are enjoying some rest and relaxation while adjusting to life in these challenging days. 

We are delighted to share the good news that as of July 13, the Retreat House has reopened in the ‘new normal’ of these pandemic times.  After  these past four difficult and challenging months of closure and cancellation of programming, we are grateful that all the hard work of our planning and preparing for this day has brought us to this joyful occasion of our reopening.      

Our preparations for our re-opening include: the engagement of professional cleaning and disinfecting services to promote health and safety within the Retreat House;  training for our housekeeping team in CDC recommended practices for cleaning and disinfecting private and public spaces; reconfiguration of space to ensure social distancing; and clear signage throughout the retreat house reminding guests to comply with necessary protocols for the safety of all.  While current health and safety directives mandate that we limit the size of our groups to ensure the practice of the protocols of social distancing and the wearing of face coverings in public spaces, we are happy to be able to welcome God’s people back to the holy ground and sacred space of San Alfonso.  And while our groups need to be smaller as we begin our re-opening, our delight is great that we are ‘beginning again’ this ministry entrusted to us by God.  

The prayers, kindness, and generosity of so many have been a great  help in our struggle  to meet expenses and reduce the stress of the debt we have incurred with the tremendous financial shortfall due to the loss of program revenue with the  shutdown of the Retreat House since March 13.  Thank you for your friendship, your prayerful support, and for your generous kindness in these difficult and challenging times. We count on your continued prayers and support  as our re-opening continues in the days to come as together  we look forward with trust to a ‘future full of hope’ for San Alfonso! 

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 732-222-2731, x140 with any questions regarding this message or any other matter of concern and remember to check our website and Facebook page for updates on schedule and programs, etc.   We invite you to join our Redemptorist Community and our Retreat House Staff in continued prayer for the recovery of all those who are affected by the COVID-19 virus and those who care for them, and for ongoing progress in the containment and treatment of it.  

Thank you for your attention to this message.  God bless and many thanks.  


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




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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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