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Virtual retreat

I like going on retreat to Mercy Convent, a home for retired Sisters of Mercy. I’m fortunate that this place is about thirty minutes from my house. I wish I could go here every month. Honestly, I wish I could live here. The last time I was on retreat (11-15-14) I took several pictures so I could share the feeling of being there virtually.

Welcome!

welcome

The statue of Mary and Jesus is straight ahead
mary statue

The parlor where you will meet with the other retreatants is just to your left.
parlor

If you turn to the left of the statue, you are walking to the dining hall and the chapel. Pictures of those follow in a bit.

Turning to the right of the statue, you are walking down the hallway to your room.
main hall

On the way to your room. At the end of the hall is an intersection with some plants, a Pieta nook, and a display cabinet with Mercy history.
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The hallway ahead is the A wing. The B wing is to the left, and the C wing is to the right.
hall

This is looking down the A wing.
A wing

The Pieta corner is at the intersection of the three wings. It is nice to sit here at night.
pieta nook1
pieta nook2

One item in the display cabinet.
notice

The TV room for the nuns. Off limits to the retreatants. Panning right. This is at the corner of the A and B wings.
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TV room2TV room

The stained glass windows marking the library. This is at the corner of the A and C wings.
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In the Library
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Down the hallway of the B wing is the small chapel.
small chapel

The stained-glass window there.
small chapel glass

Welcome to your room.
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The cross on the wall as soon as you open the door.

bedroom cross

The room. Most are laid out like this. They all used to be rooms for the retired nuns. After they “started going to heaven” as the director euphemistically says, members of the community asked if they could use the area for retreats. They said yes, as hospitality is part of their charism.
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The pictures on the walls are different in every room. Some are similar. Many are of Mary and Jesus. There are usually about 4 pictures. These are various ones I’ve seen over my many times here.
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room2
room1

Instructions.
Mercy rules

A close-up of the Mercy Cross.
Mercy cross

The bathroom.
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Even your soap is friendly.
soap

Your desk.
bedroom2

On the wall in the hallway near your room in the C wing.
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On the way to the day room – handrails
rail

The day room for retreatants is in the C wing.
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Opposite the day room – an open porch. Don’t forget your key – you’ll never get back in otherwise.
open porch

Walking back to the dining room and chapel area.

Mary inside, near the dining hall and chapel. The dining hall is right, the chapel is left.
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In the sacristy. A dispenser for Holy Water.
holy water1

In the chapel, just before communion. It wasn’t dark, but I had to play with the settings to get the stained glass windows to show up.

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The aumbry, with key.

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Random prayers in the Missal that I found interesting.
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In the dining hall
dining room

The buffet line
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The quiet area for dining for retreatants (also where the art supplies are)
small dining room

Art supplies for retreatants
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The sun porch at the end of the dining hall – looking left
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Looking right
porch1

Looking straight ahead
door

Go outside and see the yard.

A pan around the yard outside. Panning right.
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Mary outside
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In the yard – a feather
feather

Because it is winter, you can see the nearby farm with cows.
farm

An interesting hackberry tree – note how it grows around obstacles. This is in the back yard.
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An interesting bit of old tree with lichens.

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