The Welcome Home
- a mission of St. Alphonsus
The Welcome Home expresses what Pope Francis says the Church is about: warming hearts and healing hurts. We work to always be inclusive of those who can be overlooked, the poor and the most abandoned.
The Welcome Home is a model of church for the Church; it challenges us to discover our God, present in our own little and imperfect humanity. We strive to build a community that reflects qualities of the Holy Trinity: inclusive, equal, compassionate, and non-judgmental.
The community includes both the Redemptorists as well as a group of dedicated volunteers who help run The Welcome Home throughout the year. Every year the Redemptorists invite Catholic young adults to come and live with them in community and to help them in their mission. Since 1993 we have had over 50 young adults and Redemptorists live and work together, some come for one year and others have stayed for two or more. We now have many families who are connected to the Welcome Home because of the time they spent here as young adults and have begun to experience the unique gift of having their children come back and work with us
This year, we are a community of five: Our Provincial Father Larry Kondra , Ed Bird from Ontario and Noel Bustillos comes to us from Colorado, Guy W. Mier who has been here a couple times last year comes to us from New Jersey, and Oleksandr Tretyak from Ukraine to live at the Welcome Home for the year 2017 to 2018.
We also Welcome New Staff: Delores Courchene as our New Community administrator and Liz Artymko our new Redemptorist Young Adult Youth Coordinator both are here during the week and when we have programs.