Community of Care: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 28, 2020

Dear Friends,

Thank you to so many of you who have so generously contributed to our special COVID-19 appeal. The response has been both gratifying and humbling. Mercy by the Sea has been blessed over many years with good “companions on the journey” beginning with the gift of the property, the donation of Seascape, the faithfulness of our friends and the ongoing assistance for our work here. We are grateful for all of your financial and prayerful support and look forward to a vibrant future with you at our side.

During this time of isolation and social distancing, we opened the property and the beach for reflection, prayer and conversation. Unfortunately, we have had to close the beach area. With the onset of warm weather, the beach became crowded and social distancing was a challenge. Our concerns for the health and well-being of beach goers informed our decision to close the beach except to our retreatants. The property is still open for a walk or personal reflection. We continue to hope to open to our guests on June 28 and the offices will be open for business via phone on Monday June 1.

This week we received word that one of our Trustees, Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola, had died. Toni was committed to the mission of Mercy by the Sea and she gave her all even attending the last in-person meeting of the Board though she was fighting a vicious bout with cancer. We will miss Toni, her contributions to the Board and her endless stream of ideas, her open heart, her sense of humor, her boundless determination and her caring for each of us. I know she is causing a stir in heaven with new ideas on how things could be done differently. The usual “Rest in Peace” doesn’t quite fit Toni, so let’s just say, Go with God, Toni! We will miss you!

May you and yours be blessed with good health!

In the spirit of Mercy, 
Sister Eileen 

Please visit our Campus > Beach page for additional information regarding our beach closure.


Life has become extraordinarily busy with lengthy to-do lists crammed with tasks that often get put off and put off yet again. Work-related duties, family responsibilities and social gatherings keep us running. And in the midst of our over-scheduled existence, we’re constantly bombarded by loud music while we shop, mobile devices demanding our attention, TV commercials with ear-splitting exhortations, and cable news blaring from TVs in airports and cabs in major cities. 

Yet we yearn for peace, for time to gather in our scattered energies to heal body, mind and spirit.  We hunger to really know ourselves. We thirst for a deeper relationship with God.

Enter Mercy by the Sea, an oasis of stillness; holy ground where one can experience the Sacred; a sanctuary where the Earth is respected, sustainability practiced and natural beauty abounds.

Mercy by the Sea, located on 33 acres on the shores of Long Island Sound, invites all irrespective of faith tradition to come and spend time “far from the madding crowd.” 

Mercy by the Sea offers:

  • A sanctuary for reflection and prayer
  • Programs through which you can explore new ways of being with self, others and the world at large
  • Conference rooms for church groups, nonprofit organizations and companies to take the time and space for creative thinking, fellowship, planning, etc.

Come for a day, a weekend or longer.  Come to participate in day and weekend programs, themed and directed retreats, sabbaticals, or professional spiritual direction formation. Come as a day guest to enjoy the grounds and the silence.

Come to “be still and know…”