May 21st Update On Our Beach During COVID-19

One of the most profound values we hold at Mercy by the Sea is that of hospitality. The Sisters of Mercy and our staff are guided by this value in every decision we make. Today we are faced with a decision that feels like it goes against this value. Because of Covid19 concerns and because so many public beaches are full of those hoping to find a place of comfort, our beach has become overwhelmed with guests. It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we are closing our beach. Know that if it was possible to hold all those in need of a place of comfort near the water, we would hold you, but it is not possible, nor are the numbers coming safe. We pray we can again open our entire campus to you, but in the meantime you are welcome to be socially distant on our grounds, and the beach will need to remain closed to day guests. One more thing...please respect our signage regarding dogs. Thank you.

Again, feel free to walk the grounds and our seven-circuit labyrinth at Mercy by the Sea to experience solace as we journey together toward a new way of being.

More than 20,000 years ago, the grounds of Mercy by the Sea—indeed all of Connecticut and Long Island Sound—were covered in ice more than a mile deep! The movement and melting that glacial ice formed the Sound and deposited the large boulders that dot both the beach and landscape. Thousands of years of wave action deposited the sand along the shoreline, creating the Sound’s beaches, of which Mercy by the Sea’s is but one.

The beach is not only a relaxing refuge to read, gaze out at the water or track the flight of birds but also a lovely area to stroll or collect shells.

Please note that Mercy by the Sea's beach is private and reserved exclusively for the use of registered Mercy by the Sea guests. Friends of the Center are welcome to use the beach for quiet reflection after signing in at the front desk and obtaining a dated day pass. Please retain this pass for the day as you may be asked to produce it.

Mercy by the Sea values stillness, silence and solitude, and we ask that all guests respect this quiet and reflective atmosphere. We do not allow smoking, alcoholic beverages, loud music, fires or grilling on the beach. Lunch in our dining room is not available to walk-in guests without advance notice.

Please note there are no lifeguards so swimming is at your own risk. Children under 18 are not allowed to use the beach or to swim. The grounds close at 4:30 p.m.

We ask that you wear appropriate beach attire and refrain from entering the house in beachwear. When in need of a restroom, please use those in the front of the house, near the reception area. Please refrain from using the restroom as a changing area.

When you sign in at the front desk, you will notice a donation box. We are grateful for your donation which goes to the upkeep of the grounds and property.

We hope you enjoy your quiet time with us.