Catherine's Suscipe: Prayer of a Social Mystic

Guided Retreat with Mary Pat Garvin, RSM
Saturday, July 3 - Saturday, July 10, 2021


Come Sit Awhile: Catherine McAuley
Sculpture by Gael O'Leary of Sydney, Australia

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, was a social mystic – a woman whose relationship with Jesus had direct social implications for the people of her day. As followers of Jesus in the tradition of Catherine we too are social mystics -- Sisters of Mercy, Associates and Companions whose relationship with Jesus has direct social implications for those we serve in our various ministries.

During this guided retreat we will explore Catherine’s Suscipe, listening attentively with the “ear of our hearts” to the fresh and encouraging words she wishes to share with us. Renewed and refreshed in Mercy we will go forth to face the issues of our own time with Catherine’s depth of imagination and courage!

  • Gathering on the opening evening and 6 mornings for approximately 1 hour
    • start time for this gathering is usually 10:00 a.m. (giving retreatants an extended time for prayer in the morning). Breakfast at Mercy by the Sea is served from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. Coffee and tea is always available in the dining room.
  • Gathering late afternoons or evenings for 30-40 min (optional). These are intended for those individuals who wish a time to share the day’s graces and blessings.
  • This retreat will be a silent/quiet retreat, thus allowing an atmosphere more conducive to sinking deeply into self, Catherine and God.

Mary Pat Garvin, RSM is a life-long educator. Other ministerial experiences have included congregational leadership and work as a psychotherapist with women and men religious. Currently, Mary Pat teaches for Seton Hall University and works with religious congregations in the areas of leadership development and the training of formation personnel. Mary Pat has offered this retreat to Sisters, Associates, and partners in ministry throughout the USA, as well as in Peru, Argentina, South Africa, Kenya, Ireland, England, Guam, and Australia. Integral to Mary Pat’s ministry is the interplay of spirituality and psychology in promoting a healthy and holy living of the Christian life.

Sessions:  1
Dates:  7/3/2021 to 7/10/2021
Instructor:  Mary Pat Garvin, RSM
$710.00   (Program Fee )

Program is Full. Add your name to a wait list by contacting Sister Ann McGovern at 203.245.0401, ext. 111 or