Directed & Themed Retreats

Mercy by the Sea through the Catherine McAuley Institute of Spiritual Formation offers a variety of silent retreats throughout the year.  Please find the retreats and their descriptions below. 

Download a complete listing of our 2020 retreat offerings here.

Themed Retreats for 2020

Triduum: Holy Thursday – Easter Sunday with Mercy Center staff, friends and Fr. Edward Quinnan, SJ  [CANCELED]
Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12
$350 single occupancy; $275 per person double occupancy - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Room accommodations are fully booked, but commuters are still welcome to join for the Holy Thursday dinner.

Enter the Chaos: Engaging Our Differences to Make a Difference with Nancy Sylvester, IHM, Margaret Galiardi, OP and Vernice Solimar, PhD
Thursday, April 30, 1:30 pm – Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1:30 pm
$500 single occupancy; $465/per person double occupancy
Online registration began on January 8, 2020. Click here to learn more.

A Guided retreat with Mary Pat Garvin, RSM
Catherine McAuley’s Suscipe: Prayer of a Social Mystic
Sunday, June 14 – Sunday, June 21     $625.00
Please email amcgovern@mercybythesea.org to register.

Catherine McAuley, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy, was a social mystic – a woman whose relationship with Jesus had direct social implications for the people of her day.  As followers of Jesus in the tradition of Catherine we too are social mystics -- Sisters of Mercy, Associates and Companions in Mercy -- whose relationship with Jesus has direct social implications for those we serve in our various ministries.

During this guided retreat we will explore Catherine’s Suscipe, listening attentively with the “ear of our hearts” to the fresh and encouraging words she wishes to share with us.  Renewed and refreshed in Mercy we will go forth to face the issues of our own time with Catherine’s depth of imagination and courage.

Summer Sabbath with Andrea Minelli and Carol Villaggio
Week I: Sunday, August 2 – Sunday, August 9  Week 1: waiting list only    $675.00
Week II: Sunday, August 9 – Friday, August 14  $575.00    $1,250.00 both weeks
Please email amcgovern@mercybythesea.org to register.

Come to the water to renew your connection with life’s animating Spirit and recover your potential for joy and peace. Sabbath time can be as unplanned and open as you seek. Time to gather for reflection and prayer will be offered during the week, and spiritual direction is offered by request, not on a daily basis.

Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: An Interfaith Retreat with Roshi Robert E. Kennedy, SJ
Sunday, August 16 – Saturday, August 22 
$700 single occupancy; $590/per person double occupancy; $100 per person per day commuter rate
Single and double occupancy accommodations are fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list. Commuters are welcome.
Registration began on January 27, 2020. Click here to learn more.

A Weekend Retreat with Mark Nepo Reduced to Joy: The Journey from Our Head to Our Heart.
Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30, 2020    Price to be determined
Registration will begin on Friday, February 28th

Directed Retreats for 2020

Retreats, especially silent directed retreats, allow us to withdraw from the busyness of life and to reflect on and deepen our relationship with God. Directed retreats offer an experience grounded in solitude, silence, prayer and daily meetings with a spiritual director. Directed silent retreats call for receptivity to the movements of the spirit and are adapted to the needs of each individual. Mercy by the Sea, located on the shores of Long Island Sound with 33 acres of grounds, offers a safe sacred space in which to explore who we are and who God is.

Retreat check-in is between 4 and 5 p.m. with a light supper served at 5:30 p.m. The silent retreat will open with a gathering at 7 p.m. and end with breakfast on the last day. Check-out is 10 a.m. Mass will not be available onsite except for those retreats where there is a priest director. However, a schedule of area masses and church services is available.

OUR 2020 RETREAT SCHEDULE WAS RELEASED IN A CONSTANT CONTACT on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Requests for specific retreats/directors began by email (amcgovern@mercybythesea.org) and telephone on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

A $250.00 non-refundable deposit will be required once we confirm your reservation. Final payment is due 30 days prior to arrival date. Please note the cancellation policy on your registration form.

2020 Directed Retreats    

Holy Week Directed Retreat: Palm Sunday – Holy Thursday  [CANCELED]  
Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9     $400.00
Gail O’Donnell, RSCJ
Claire Rusowicz

Directed Retreat – 6 days (includes Memorial Day)
Saturday, May 23 – Friday, May 29     $535.00
Shirley Agnew, RSM
JoAnn Bourquard
Sue LaVoie - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Andrea Minelli

Directed Retreat retreat is fully booked; waiting lists are being taken
Sunday, June 28 – Sunday, July 5     $625.00
Joannie Cassidy, SSJ - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Judy Fortune, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Ann Rodgers, CP - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Carol Villaggio - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list

Directed Retreat retreat is fully booked; waiting lists are being taken
Sunday, July 5 – Sunday July 12     $625.00
Anne Kappler, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Lisa Irish - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Honora Nicholson, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Mary Trainer, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Ed Quinnan, SJ - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list

Directed Retreat retreat is fully booked; waiting lists are being taken
Sunday, July 19 – Sunday July 26     $625.00
Patricia Cook, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Maureen Christensen, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Kathy McNamara - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Fr. Terry Moran - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Fran Repka, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list

Directed Retreat retreat is fully booked; waiting lists are being taken
Sunday, July 26 – Sunday August 2     $625.00
Mary Costello, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Cathy Murtha, DW - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Marge Milanese - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Jan Webb - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Sue Wieczynski, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list

Directed Retreat
Sunday, August 23 – Thursday, August 27     $400.00
Susan Blasi
Joannie Cassidy, SSJ
Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager

This 5-day directed retreat is designed for individuals not able to take the time for a 7-day directed retreat or who are new to the directed retreat experience.

Directed Retreat 
Sunday, August 30 – Sunday, September 6     $625.00 
Nan Bouche - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Margaret Galiardi, OP - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Kathleen McAlpin, RSM - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Connie Messitt, CSJ - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list
Brother Vincent Pelletier, FSC

Directed Retreat 
Sunday, October 25 – Thursday, October 29     $400.00
with Patricia Cook, RSM

Directed Retreat
Sunday, October 25 – Sunday, November 1     $625.00
with Janet Weber, RSCJ - fully booked; call to be placed on the waiting list

Directed Retreat
Sunday, December 6 – Sunday, December 13     $610.00 (winter rate applies)
Judy Fortune, RSM
Sue Lavoie
Claire Rusowicz

Individual Directed and Personal Retreats

If you cannot participate in one of our scheduled directed retreats, you are invited to come at your convenience and stay for up to a week; spiritual direction is included. To discuss how we can serve your needs with regard to this retreat, contact Rosemary Jones at (203) 245-0401 ext. 114 or via email: rosemary@mercybythesea.org.

Recognizing that not everyone desires a directed retreat experience, we occasionally designate time for individuals who desire a private retreat.  While the retreat center may not be in silence, you can still benefit from our prayerful and peaceful setting. If you desire silence during meals, you are free to use the upper dining room. To check availability, please call Rosemary Jones in Guest Services at 203.245.0401, ext. 114, or email her: rosemary@mercybythesea.org.