About Us


Our Mission

Our mission is to create a community of active contemplatives by providing lifelong growth opportunities, spiritual direction and retreats.

Our programs are rooted in an awareness of the God in all things. We seek to deepen that connection through care of the Earth, building a contemplative community, and concern for social and ecological justice.

Our History

1860's

The Early Years

The house, which is now Mercy Spirituality Center, has a long-standing history beginning when a gentleman farmer built it in the early 1860’s as his retirement home. He left it to his son and from then on the house went through many transfers.

For a time the property was part of a tree nursery and once again was owned by a family who built another house on the land as a wedding gift for their daughter.

Later

Transformative Years

The original house first took on a special religious character when purchased by the Precious Blood Fathers as a minor seminary.

Subsequently, a Jewish sect lived in the house for awhile but were unable to meet the financial obligations. On the market once again the home became the House of God’s Goodness when purchased by Mr. Will Gundlach and his wife who used it as a haven for people in need.

Current

Today

The final act of transferring the property to the Sisters of Mercy of Rochester in 1986 was Will’s prayerful leaving of an angel of protection in every window.

Thereafter, the house became Mercy Prayer Center providing spiritual direction, hospitality, personal growth and guidance through God’s teachings.

Today, the Center has adopted an expanded presence, welcoming people of all faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles. With this shift the Sisters approved renaming it to Mercy Spirituality Center.

A Tour Through The House And Grounds

Our Team

Karen Kosciolek

Executive Director
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Sr. Jody Kearney RSM

Program Director
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Joyce Martelli

Hospitality Coordinator
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Goldie Rogers

Administrative Assistant
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Pat Lawlor

Volunteer ​ ​
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Our Advisory Board

Julie Burke

Kristin Cook

Sharon Therkildsen

Sr. Marilyn Williams, RSM

Brigid Ryan

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