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.
The statue of Mary and Jesus is straight ahead
The parlor where you will meet with the other retreatants is just to your left.
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.
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.
The hallway ahead is the A wing. The B wing is to the left, and the C wing is to the right.
This is looking down the A wing.
The Pieta corner is at the intersection of the three wings. It is nice to sit here at night.
One item in the display cabinet.
The TV room for the nuns. Off limits to the retreatants. Panning right. This is at the corner of the A and B wings.
The stained glass windows marking the library. This is at the corner of the A and C wings.
In the Library
Down the hallway of the B wing is the small chapel.
The stained-glass window there.
Welcome to your room.
The cross on the wall as soon as you open the door.
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.
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.
A close-up of the Mercy Cross.
Even your soap is friendly.
On the wall in the hallway near your room in the C wing.
On the way to the day room – handrails
The day room for retreatants is in the C wing.
Opposite the day room – an open porch. Don’t forget your key – you’ll never get back in otherwise.
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.
In the sacristy. A dispenser for Holy Water.
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.
The aumbry, with key.
Random prayers in the Missal that I found interesting.
In the dining hall
The buffet line
The quiet area for dining for retreatants (also where the art supplies are)
Art supplies for retreatants
The sun porch at the end of the dining hall – looking left
Looking straight ahead
Go outside and see the yard.
A pan around the yard outside. Panning right.
In the yard – a feather
Because it is winter, you can see the nearby farm with cows.
An interesting hackberry tree – note how it grows around obstacles. This is in the back yard.
An interesting bit of old tree with lichens.