Directed, Themed and Private Retreats

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

*New* Personal Retreat Time, October 7-10

We invite you to take time away from the hectic pace of life, to rest, reflect and re-charge. Check-in on Thursday at 2 p.m., enjoy dinner at 5:30 p.m. and check-out on Sunday at 10 a.m. The cost for this three-night personal time is $450.00, which includes a single room with en suite bath and all meals. While we won't be in total silence, we promise a prayerful and peaceful environment. If you desire silence during meals, you are free to use the upper dining room. To register for this sacred time, email Karen Rossignol.


Directed Retreats

Directed retreats are by request only. Please email Sr. Ann McGovern or call (203) 245-0401.

Silent directed retreats allow us to withdraw from the busyness of life and to reflect on and deepen our relationship with God. They offer an experience grounded in solitude, silence, and prayer, and include 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. Located on the shores of Long Island Sound with 33 acres of grounds, Mercy by the Sea offers a safe sacred space in which to explore who we are and who God is.

Retreat check-in is between 4-5:00 p.m. with a light supper served at 5:30 p.m before a communal gathering at 7:00 p.m. Breakfast is served on the last day before check out at10:00 a.m. Mass will not be available onsite except for those retreats where there is a priest on the retreat team, however, a schedule of area masses and church services is available. A $250.00 non-refundable deposit will be required once we confirm your reservation. Final payment is due 30 days prior to arrival date. Thanks to generous donors, our Mercy For All fund provides financial assistance to those who are unable to pay the full fee to come for a retreat. Additional money comes through a ministry grant from the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. To inquire about assistance, please email Sr. Ann McGovern

Upcoming Directed Retreats

  • 4-day Directed Retreat Sold out! Email Sr. Ann McGovern to be put on the wait list
    Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 15     $400.00
    With Claire Rusowicz
  • 7-day Directed Retreat - Sold out! Email Sr. Ann McGovern to be placed on the wait list
    Monday, October 11 – Monday, October 18    $700.00
    With Janet Weber, RSCJ, Kathleen McAlpin, RSM and Carol Tropiano, RSM
  • 7-day Directed Retreat
    Sunday, December 12 – Sunday, December 19     $675.00 (Winter rate applies)
    With Carol Villaggio (2 places left) and Judy Fortune, RSM (Sold out! Email Sr. Ann McGovern to be placed on the wait list)

Private Retreats

If you cannot participate in one of our scheduled directed retreats, you are invited to come at your convenience, (depending on room availability) for your own retreat. Spiritual direction can be arranged on an individual basis. 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 discuss how we can serve your needs, email Karen Rossignol or call her at (203) 245-0401 ext. 114.

Themed Retreats

Interfaith ZEN retreat with Roshi Robert E. Kennedy, SJ
Originally scheduled for Sunday, August, 2021. POSTPONED UNTIL 2022.