About Us

The Villa Maria Chapel Foundation ministry is based on the conviction that we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only—it must be true love, which shows itself in the wonderful faith and spirit within the chapel walls. Each person that attends a chapel service brings their own unique perspective to the worship experience. Our visiting ministers, priests or rabbis share God’s love with our attendees; building spiritual bridges and celebrating the diversity of the worshipers.

The current history of our chapel begins in 1976 and in 1995, with funding provided by the Catholic Foundation as well as private donations, the chapel was renovated and rededicated by Bishop Moreno. When Villa Maria Care Center was purchased by Coppersands, Inc. in 2000, it was decided the Villa Maria Chapel would become a separate foundation, which would ensure and uphold the mission of the chapel. In 2008 the Villa Maria Chapel Foundation (VMCF) achieved 501(c)(3) status, establishing it as a non-profit, charitable foundation.

The chapel is often described as the “Jewel of the Desert,” and with the help and support of dedicated volunteers, donations and planned giving, it will continue its outreach to residents of VMCC as well as to their families and residents of the Tucson community.


Colleen Werbylo holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of San Francisco and brings over 30 years of Pastoral Ministry experience to her role as Administrator and Pastoral Coordinator for the Villa Maria Chapel Foundation. Colleen’s role at VMCF has been expanded to include administrative duties and funds development and her gift of music, combined with her liturgical background, helps to enrich and enhance the liturgies.


The Villa Maria Chapel Foundation, along with the Villa Maria Care Center, is a community committed to ensuring the well-being of its residents, both in caring for and protecting the unique character and spirit of each resident. Together we help raise their quality of life through their daily and spiritual journey.


The Villa Maria Chapel Foundation is dedicated to providing a holistic care program that establishes, supports and fosters spiritual, as well as social and ecumenical growth for the benefit of residents, families and staff of the extended care facilities.