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.
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Circle of Compassion
How can we keep our intention to be a compassionate presence alive and active in today's world?
Circle of Compassion is being established just for this purpose. We will discuss self-compassion, compassion of others, nature, and the world. We will also learn and practice compassionate listening.
The source for this group is Boundless Compassion by Joyce Rupp.
Facilitator: Joyce Martelli, Certified Facilitator-Boundless Compassion
Dates: Third Thursday - 8 Sessions
Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19,
Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, May 18
Time: 10:30AM - 11:30AM or 6:30-7:30 PM
IN PERSON at Mercy Spirituality Center
Contemporary Conversations Book Group with Jane Sutter Brandt Series
Come join us again for this successful forum to talk about books written by contemporary authors. Books will tie-in to Christianity in the 21st century through a variety of topics that may include the current state and the future of the Christian church, mysticism, social justice, racism, LBGQT+, women’s equality, and so on. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas in a moderated and civil discussion where a variety of opinions are welcome.
The group will meet bimonthly throughout 2022 and 2023. Participants are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book on their own and reading the book before each session.
Nov. 16-“Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned” by Brian D. McLaren McLaren
Jan. 18-“Understanding and Combating Racism: My Path from Oblivious American to Evolving Activist” by W.E. “Bill” Wynne
March 22-“Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics” by Mirabai Starr
May 17- "Woman Between the Worlds: A call to your ancestral and indigenous wisdom" by Apela Colorado
All sessions will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST via ZOOM.
Fee: $25 per session
“Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned” by Brian D. McLaren McLaren
Brian D. McLaren McLaren, a theologian, activist and former pastor, addresses in public the question that many people, including religious leaders, are asking in private. McLaren combines his own experience with that of thousands of people who have confided in him over the years to help readers make a responsible, honest, ethical decision about their religious identity.
November 16, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST via Zoom
The Redemption of Scrooge
Another Matt Rawle's, program. We had great success with To Kill A Mockingbird and Les Miserables and now we offer The Redemption of Scrooge.
The Redemption of Scrooge, based on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, will explore the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchits, with an eye to Christian faith. Along the way we will meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come and learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus.
Facilitator: Sharon Therkildsen
Dates: Wednesdays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21
Time: 10:30AM - 12 PM via ZOOM
Day To Call Your Own
Come and enjoy a day to yourself in your own, private, comfortable room at Mercy Spirituality Center. You will be able to pray, contemplate, read and relax without being disturbed. Soup is included for lunch. Morning prayer is optional.
Facilitator: Sr. Gert Erb, RSM
Dates: 2nd Thursday of each month:
Time: 9:00 am-4 pm
9:30 am: Morning Prayer (optional)
“Understanding and Combating Racism: My Path from Oblivious American to Evolving Activist” by W.E. “Bill” Wynne
Educated but untaught, involved but unknowing, Catholic but spiritually reserved, white but unwittingly blinded by the ubiquitous whiteness surrounding him. These are some of the many storylines Bill Wynne explores in this relevant account of his social and racial justice advocacy journey and conversation over the course of his life in the Rochester area. The author will join in the discussion.
January 18, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST via Zoom
“Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics” by Mirabai Starr
Our world has long suffered the toxicity of unbalanced masculine rule, but the feminine is rising. Starr shares the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of feminine mystics. From saints and sages such as Mother Mary and the Sufi poet Rabia, to goddesses and archetypal energies including Kuan Yin and Gaia, to inspiring contemporary teachers and seekers, you’ll meet women who blazed a path that will illuminate your own.
March 22, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST via Zoom
"Woman Between the Worlds: A call to your ancestral and indigenous wisdom" by Apela Colorado
"Woman Between the Worlds: A Call to Your Ancestral and Indigenous Wisdom" by Apela Colorado.
Apela shares her lifelong journey of connecting with the essence of indigenous spirituality and culture in her work around the world. With gentle grace and generous insight, this book lovingly teaches us to honor the power, beauty, and potential of indigenous wisdom, and explores how it continues to resonate in modern life. Virginia Fifield, who is Mohawk from Akwesausne and Turtle clan, will lead the discussion.
May 17, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST via Zoom
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 for more information.
Advent Mass and Soup Supper
Join us as we begin the season of preparation. Our annual mass followed by a soup supper and great conversations with friends.
Date: Monday, December 5. Mass begins at 5:30 in the Chapel. Dinner to follow.
Free Will Offering
NOTE: Due to the ongoing renovations this event is limited to 20 guests.
Walking in Their Footsteps: The Journey to Sainthood
Each session of this monthly program will take a more in-depth look at the life and work of one of these holy role models. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a lesser recognized saint, or a different perspective on someone you thought you knew. Every month will be enlightening. More information on the subject of the month will be featured as each session approaches.
Date: Second Tuesday of each month in 2023 Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mercy Spirituality Center
Fee: Early Bird (Until 12.21.22) Series Price - $200 As of 1.1.23 $240 for the series
When you walk into Mercy Spirituality Center, it’s like coming home. The moment you step in the door you feel a peace and warmth. Their retreats are very special; they have wonderful presenters and great food.
— Cathy Z.
"I think alot about Mercy Spirituality Center and how much it helped me. It was a safe refuge for me in a very dark time."
"It is my pleasure to be a volunteer here where I see such wonderful work being done."
-Sr. Mary Lou