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

Summer Sabbath with Andrea Minelli and Carol Villaggio
Week I: Sunday, August 2 – Saturday, August 8   $675.00
Week II: Sunday, August 9 – Friday, August 14  $575.00 - Waiting list only         $1,250.00 both weeks
Please email 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 - CANCELLED

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.

In light of protocols to stop the spread of the Covid virus, registrations for our Directed Retreats are very fluid! If you are interested in a specific directed retreat, please email

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 sent by Guest Services.

2020 Directed Retreats    

Directed Retreat - Registration Closed
Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 4     $625.00
Joannie Cassidy, SSJ
Judy Fortune, RSM 
Ann Rodgers, CP

Directed Retreat - Registration Closed
Sunday, July 5 – Saturday July 11     $625.00
Anne Kappler, RSM
Lisa Irish - offering a stay-at-home directed retreat with spiritual direction using Zoom
Honora Nicholson, RSM 
Mary Trainer, RSM 
Edward Quinnan, SJ

Directed Retreat - Registration Closed
Sunday, July 19 – Saturday July 25    $625.00
Patricia Cook, RSM
Maureen Christensen, RSM
Margaret Galiardi, OP
Fr. Terry Moran

Directed Retreat - Registration Closed
Sunday, July 26 – Saturday August 1     $625.00
Mary Costello, RSM - Fully Booked
Cathy Murtha, DW
Marge Milanese 
Jan Webb
Sue Wieczynski, RSM

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

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

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: