Welcome to Mount Alvernia's Web Site!

Mount Alvernia Retreat Center is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the N.Y. Province of the Immaculate Conception. The Center conducts and hosts spiritual programs for persons of all faiths, although its major focus is Roman Catholic spirituality. It has served the community since 1968.  It is located in the village of Wappinger Falls, New York, on 204 acres overlooking the Hudson Valley in Dutchess County.

To contact Mount Alvernia Retreat Center, call (845) 297-5706 ext. 112 or send a fax to (845) 298-0309 Attn: Retreat Center. Or send e-mail to mtalverniaretreat@gmail.com.   Please call Mount Alvernia if you have a time-sensitive question. The telephone is the preferred contact method.

Retreats are scheduled throughout the year and their topics vary. All faiths are invited to attend. In addition to retreats, Mount Alvernia offers numerous services, events, and activities. 

********* Announcement: Christmas Mass Schedule ******

Masses for Christmas are 8:30AM and 10AM on Christmas Day. There is no Christmas Midnight Mass.

********* Announcement: Christmas Lighting ******

Mount Alvernia began to light its buildings for the Christmas season more than 60 years ago as a beacon of hope and the presence of God in the world. We continue to light our building as a sign of God's presence amid the turmoil of this world. The lights will shine each evening during Christmas season from December 16th (Gaudate Sunday) to January 6th (Epiphany-Little Christmas).

You are cordially invited to attend the Christmas Lighting on Sunday, December 16, at 7PM. In the Chapel, a Solemn Service of Evening Prayer with a musical concert will usher in the lighting. Our Lady of Lourdes High School Music Chorus will sing for the season. We will bless and light the retreat buildings and chapel to the memory of all those to whom dedication was made. After the lighting, you are invited for refreshment in our retreat dining room. To dedicate a light in honor or memory of a loved one --living or deceased, please complete and return this Lighting Ceremony form.

May His peace follow you and your family this Christmas season.
The Friars at the Mount


We invite your comments, suggestions, and inquiries. Please send your e-mail to Mount Alvernia Retreat Center at mtalverniaretreat@gmail.com

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This site was updated as of 12/16/18.
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