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In Memoriam

Rev. Dennis M. Foley, C.Ss.R. of the Redemptorist Community of San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ died on June 6, 2021.  Born in Brooklyn in 1934, the son of the late John and Mary Foley, Fr. Foley’s sixty years of priestly ministry included pastoral assignments in Redemptorist parishes, the preaching of parish missions and novena devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and retreat ministry for the last 25 years at San Alfonso. Fr. Dennis was beloved by many who were blessed by his deep faith, gentle spirit, and kind heart, not to mention his love of history, reading, and dancing!

In addition to his parents Fr. Foley was predeceased by his siblings Martin Foley, Mary Dougherty, James Foley, John Foley, Eileen Scherback, Catherine Hammond, and Ann Karr.  He is survived by his sister-in-law, Catherine Foley, his 28 devoted nieces and nephews, his many grandnieces and grandnephews, his many friends, and his confreres in the Redemptorist community.  

Services for Father Foley will take place at San Alfonso Retreat House at 755 Ocean Ave in Long Branch, New Jersey on Saturday, June 12.  Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 9:30 AM to 11:15 AM followed by the Mass of Christian Burial in the Retreat House Chapel.  Burial will take place at a later date. Since space is limited, please call us at 732-222-2731 (ext. 140) or email us at [email protected] to confirm your intention to attend.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fr. Foley’s memory to San Alfonso Retreat House at 755 Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, NJ.  Rest in peace Father Dennis!


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

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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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