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An update from St. Alphonsus Villa

This “after” shot shows the Villa’s new roof, exterior paint, and signage.

The confreres of St. Alphonsus Villa in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., faithfully continue their prayer ministry with daily prayers and Mass in the morning. They fellowship with one another during common meals shared with the confreres of Sacred Heart Parish. At times pastors from area parishes stop by to fellowship with us at mealtime.

Throughout the year we host many events, including jubilee retreats, convocations, and meetings, and we welcome visitors from other communities to stay for a couple of days. This year the North American Redemptorist Spirituality Commission held its annual winter meeting locally, and the Villa provided accommodations. The guesthouse also recently hosted the annual confirmation retreat offered by The Church of the Epiphany’s high school youth ministry.

Our prayer ministry takes place not only on the Villa’s grounds but also at local churches. Some of our confreres help out in the community by hearing confessions or saying Masses. And on All Souls Day we continue our tradition of visiting the local cemetery to remember our deceased confreres and hold a prayer service among their graves.

In 2017 a number of renovations and improvements were made to the Villa, including a new roof, exterior paint, new fencing, replacing old sheds with new ones, resurfacing the pool deck, and refreshing exterior sign­age on the grounds.