Retreat Info


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.

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. 

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.

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.

Guided Retreat

Eucharist: What does it call us to be? 

One eminent liturgist has spoken of the celebration of Eucharist as “the rehearsal for the reign of God.” The engagement of the Christian faithful with the rituals and words, objects and interactions that comprise the celebration shapes them for eucharistic living and draws them more deeply into the mysteries they celebrate.

This retreat will focus on the spirituality of ritual shape of the Eucharist (the morning session and reflection), and its implications for Christian identity and Christian living (the afternoon session and reflection). 

Date: June 23-28
Time: 7:00 p.m. Sunday through 1:00 p.m. Friday
Place: MSC
Facilitator: Fr. Bob Kennedy
Fee: $475

Reverend Robert J. Kennedy is a senior priest of the Diocese of Rochester. He has served as diocesan Director of Liturgy, assistant professor of liturgical studies at Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and ministry, a team member for The North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Saint Boniface and Saint Mary’s Parishes in the city. Happily retired from administrative duties, he currently assists at RIT Catholic Community, the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse, and Nazareth University Catholic Community.

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Directed Retreat

 We all need time to stop and reevaluate how our relationship with God is growing. A directed retreat is an opportunity to come away and be for a while. Bask in the quiet atmosphere of MSC with its beautiful grounds and prayerful places. You are invited to explore all facets of your spiritual life. You will meet on a daily basis with a director who will support you in this journey.
Date: July 21-26
Time: 7 p.m. Sunday through 1 p.m. Friday
Place: MSC
Spiritual Directors: Ed Redmond and Pat Lawlor
Fee: $475

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Sacred Reset

Sacred Rest by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith details the 7-types of rest that a person needs. We will use this as a guide to help us reset and focus. Activities and group study will be provided by Dr. Dalton-Smith, who will join us via video conference for some sessions, including a live question and answer discussion.

Date:
August 18-23
Time: 7:00 p.m. Sunday through 1:00 p.m. Friday
Place: MSC
Facilitator: Allison Murphy and Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
Fee: $475

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician and work-life integration researcher. She is the founder of Restorasis, a professional development agency dedicated to restoring wellbeing in the workplace through its proprietary 7 Types of Rest Framework™ to help companies support their employees with work-life integration and burnout prevention strategies. As a busy physician, author, and mom, she understands that life's demands can leave you feeling mentally overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and physically tired. Daily she helps high-achievers deal with their work-rest imbalance and find actionable answers to the thriving lifestyle they desire.

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Facilitated Retreats

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. (See "Retreats" above for more information)

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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 lunch) 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.