Community of Care: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

September 3, 2020

Dear Friends,

This week I am privileged to be in retreat here at Mercy by the Sea. What a gift!!

In the Sisters of Mercy Constitutions, members of the Community are given a week annually for prayer and reflection: to step aside from ministry and the craziness of life, to reflect on life’s journey and the God Quest, to consider how to live the time given (not what to do, but how to live!), and to restore balance in life. For 55 years, I have been given this gift. A week each year becomes a critically important part of life’s rhythm and helps maintain a focus in life. It helps me remember why I do what I do and to touch in again to the call, the desire, that drove a very young woman to ask the Sisters of Mercy to accept her as a sister and teach her a different way to live.

Our retreat offerings are open to all who seek a meaningful life. All states of life, all religions, men and women, all are welcome. I encourage you to try a directed retreat of 4 days, 6 days or 8 days as time and responsibilities allow. Mercy by the Sea has expanded retreat offerings this year. A personal directed retreat helps ground us in what is important in our lives, and our sold out retreats this year tell me that people are “hungry” for meaning and for a sense of God at work in life (a sometimes elusive concept!!). Of course, a directed retreat is not for everyone. There is no one size fits all. Sometimes another form of retreat fits better, but it is the taking of “time out” for the important things that refreshes and renews. Please let me know if you would like to discuss retreat possibilities for yourself. I would love to share my experience of retreat, and perhaps help you try a retreat experience.

The Mercy by the Sea community is in my heart and in my prayer this week.

May you and yours be blessed with peace and 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…”