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Learn By Doing

Our retreats and programs go beyond good teaching. When you join us, you will be invited to enter into experiences to discover or deepen your spiritual practice—and bring it into your daily life.

Retreats

Mercy Spirituality Center is a retreat center for people of all faiths. We believe that each of us, individuals and organizations alike, needs time apart to find, deepen, or refresh our connection to what matters most in life. We are deeply grateful to be able to offer our beautiful space to the community for rest, reflection and spiritual growth.

Our facilitated retreats center around contemplative practice, Ignatian Spirituality and finding God in nature. Check our calendar to see what’s up next, or call to arrange an experience tailored to the needs of your group. 

We also offer private retreats for groups and individuals. A Day to Call Your Own opens with an optional communal prayer, then the rest of the day is yours. We provide a private room, a simple lunch, and our beautiful house and grounds for you to explore as you wish. If you need a little more time in quiet, consider A Retreat to Call Your Own which includes all of the above plus an overnight and pick-up breakfast. Check our calendar for scheduled opportunities, or contact us to arrange a date that fits your schedule.

Located just one block from Highland Park, Mercy Spirituality Center offers 10 private guest rooms, meeting spaces for groups as small as 5 or as large as 35, kitchen and dining facilities along with various dining options dependent on the length and nature of your stay, a richly stocked library, spacious yard with gazebo and plenty of off-street parking. 

Contemplating Advent

“God’s first “idea” was to become manifest-to pour out divine, infinite love into finite visible forms. The “First Flaring Forth” (Big Bang) is now our scientific name for that first idea; and “Christ” is our theological name. Both are about Love and Beauty exploding outward in all directions.” Fr. Richard Rohr OSF In our time we will visually walk the Cosmic Walk and reflect on how it invites us into the Advent Season.
Facilitator: Sr. Anne Curtis RSM,
Director of Mercy Ecology
Date: November 30, 2020
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Fee: $15.00 

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 "Mug Up" with Sr. Jody

 When I did my graduate studies in Vermont, there were many students attending from Newfoundland as well. Usually once or twice a week they would spread the word that there would be a Mug Up at 10:00 pm in student housing in one of the condos. Anyone interested brought an empty mug and the hosts would provide a snack and a hot drink of your choice. Mug ups were a nice way to chat and unwind after a night of studying. According to the Urban Dictionary, the term "Mug Up” was used in coastal communities by the mid-1800s to describe any snack or coffee break throughout the day or evening. We invite you to “mug up” virtually with Sr. Jody each week in Advent to help you have a meaningful and fruitful Advent. Our “Mug Up” will occur at 10:00am! Each week we will play a short video with reflection questions that will be used for discussion in each session. Facilitator: Sr. Jody Kearney RSM Dates: Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, and, 22. Time: 10:00am-11:00am via ZOOM. Fee: Free will, suggested offering $10 

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Adevnt Day of Reflection via ZOOM

The Scriptures of Advent offer us an insider’s view into the faith and faithfulness of Elizabeth & Zechariah and Mary & Joseph. Each one of these four hears God’s word spoken uniquely to them through the angel Gabriel. During our time together we will listen to, reflect on and attend to the intricacies of these invitations from God. We will spend some time in prayer, private reflection and group sharing as we seek guidance from each of these Advent companions.

Facilitator: Giovina Caroscio MA
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 9:30am-12:00 noon
Fee: $20
Note: A ZOOM invitation link will be sent to you
prior to the program.

Giovina has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from
St. Bernard School of Theology and Ministry and
a Master’s degree in Social Work from
Catholic University of America.
Giovina has 35 years’ experience working with
parish and diocesan groups in
spirituality and social ministry. 

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Quiet Retreats


Our day-long, mini-weekend and full weekend retreats provide opportunities for slowing down and making space for the more in your life. We offer practices designed to quiet busy minds in order to make room for a deeper and richer experience of the divine.

Mercy Spirituality Center is a retreat center for people of all faiths. We believe that each of us, individuals and organizations alike, needs time apart to find, deepen, or refresh our connection to what matters most in life. We are deeply grateful to be able to offer our beautiful space to the community for rest, reflection and spiritual growth.


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Our facilitated retreats center around contemplative practice, Ignatian Spirituality and finding God in nature. Check our calendar to see what’s up next, or call to arrange an experience tailored to the needs of your group.

We also offer private retreats for groups and individuals. A Day to Call Your Own opens with an optional communal prayer, then the rest of the day is yours. We provide a private room, a simple lunch, and our beautiful house and grounds for you to explore as you wish. If you need a little more time in quiet, consider A Retreat to Call Your Own which includes all of the above plus an overnight and pick-up breakfast. Check our calendar for scheduled opportunities, or contact us to arrange a date that fits your schedule.

Located just one block from Highland Park, Mercy Spirituality Center offers 10 private guest rooms, meeting spaces for groups as small as 5 or as large as 35, kitchen and dining facilities along with various dining options dependent on the length and nature of your stay, a richly stocked library, spacious yard with gazebo and plenty of off-street parking. 

Group Retreat Opportunities

We believe in the value of time apart from the routines of daily life. In our warm, inviting space, Mercy Spirituality Center is uniquely able to offer intimate, experiential, contemplative retreats for your small group. Call us to find out more about our weekend (Friday evening – Sunday brunch) and mini-weekend (Friday evening - Saturday late afternoon) offerings. Call 585-473-6893. Or email us at: [email protected] But contact us early! Available weekends fill quickly.

Ignatian Spirituality

Exercises of St. Ignatius In All Of It's Forms


The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in all of its forms, create an awareness of God in all things—all people, all creation, every human experience, and especially in the person of Jesus. We offer a model of the Spiritual Exercises designed by St. Ignatius for use in daily life which takes place over 30 weeks, rather than 30 days. This program is currently being offered virtually. Please contact Sr. Jody Kearney via email [email protected]


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The Creation Stations


We invite you to contemplate nature on our beautiful grounds; walk our Creation Stations, or perhaps just sit in quiet to experience God in nature. Booklets of prayers and reflections are available for your use.

The Creation Stations at Mercy Spirituality Center were developed out of our desire to assist you in making connections with the natural world and God, our Creator. Your journey begins at the Peace Garden and follows a path to the Wind, Creatures, Light, Earth, Water, and Trees stations. You are invited to walk these stations in the order they were intended or to just sit quietly at one of the stations.


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