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Annual Film Retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House ready to roll

San Alfonso Retreat House, Long Branch, is holding its annual National Film Retreat June 30 to July 2.

The retreat will focus on movies that explore signs of hope in both the human and spiritual experience, especially the healing of relationships.

“Healing is the work of the Holy Spirit and at the heart of the Christian message – which is focused on reconciliation with God and others – with turning from what wounds us and others to what heals,” said Redemptorist Father James Wallace, director of the retreat house.

Up to five films will be screened and discussed: “Room,” Manchester by the Sea,” “Babette’s Feast,” “Viva” and “Amélie.”

“These films deal with the slow work of God in a human person to bring them to a fuller humanity, and therefore a fuller movement into divinity,” Father Wallace said. “While these movies are not explicitly Christian, we believe they can be viewed and discussed from a Christian perspective.”

The weekend will offer time for prayer and reflection. Father Wallace and Frank Frost of Frank Frost Productions, LLC, will lead the retreat.

Registration is $250 and includes room and six meals, post-film refreshments and a workbook.

To register, call San Alfonso Retreat House at 732-222-2731, ext. 140, or visit

The retreat house is located at 755 Ocean Ave., Long Branch.

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