Volume 25 August 1, 2022
Celebrating 45 Years!
August 1, 2022


Purple roses are my favorite flower. I love their color and scent. Finding items of beauty helps me stay grounded. What grounds you?

If you're reading this, I think it's safe to say Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer is a place that offers grounding and comfort for you. I hope you are able to find your way here in person in the coming weeks. Our new brochure is at the printer, so we can't wait to reveal all the new programs and speakers!

May you make time to find places of beauty to feed your soul this August.


Sr. Laura

August 5-12--WAITLIST

$630/week; non-refundable deposit $100

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all overnight guests when registering

Future Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Nov. 4-6, Dec. 9-11, Jan. 6-8, Feb. 3-5

Learning a process to deal with grief

Sunday, August 14th
1-5:30pm at the House of Prayer

Gentle 4-step experiential process for resolving grief caused by loss.

$50-$60 as you are able

Presenter: Mary Jo Kearns, RSM


Wednesday, August 17th
7-9pm at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Are you racing through life? Get off and discover the road less travelled; the one meant for you. Explore tools that will open your spiritual senses and apply them to your personal life experiences to discover YOUR path.

$20-$30 as you are able

Presenter: Susan Delaney-Choma

Susan has certifications in spiritual direction, Stress Management and Mindfulness.


Thursday, August 18th from

A personal, quiet day to enjoy God's presence. Day begins with communal prayer. Bring a bag lunch.
Days are from 9:30am-3pm.

$20-$30 as you are able

Future Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 13, Jan. 25, Feb. 14


Monday, August 29th
7-9pm at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Often we say, "Been there, done that." All of us commonly say that about many issues tied to the pandemic. Let's creatively look at the Holy Land for the celebration of faith experience it can provide for all of us as we face our futures.

$20-$30 as you are able

Presenter: Rev. Anthony Randazzo

Fr. Anthony is the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Westfield, NJ.


Tuesday, August 23rd
from 7-8:30pm
at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Men have unique roles in life...husbands, fathers, grandfathers, the single life and religious life...We're pushed and pulled in a thousand directions by responsibilities, stress, loss and by joys. Where can we find time to reflect on the loss and gain of our lives? For all men--young, old and in between.

Future Dates: Sept. 27, Oct, 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Jan. 24, Feb. 28

Have you ever thought about Spiritual Direction? Sharing your prayer with a trusted guide is a wonderful way to delve deeper into our programs--and into life itself. You can learn more about the ministry of Spiritual Direction and Meet Our Spiritual Directors on our website by clicking the links below.


Susan and Jim Choma -- September 19 and 26
Barbara Woodzell -- September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14,
January 11, February 8
Isabel Gachko -- October 6, 13, 20, 27
Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB -- October 14th
6th Annual Interfaith Program -- November 9th
Donna McCabe -- November 30th
Ellen Murphy -- December 6th

To View Our Brochure Click Below:
We email reflections written by members of the House of Prayer Community every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Let us know if you would like to receive these messages of hope.

Every Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm we host our Eucharistic Hour of Prayer. All are welcome.

Check out the other Sister of Mercy Retreat Centers! They have some great offerings and you can connect with through our website!

Click link below to see our updated COVID protocols

We have mugs and gift certificates that make great gifts!!
Laura M. Arvin, OP

Eileen P. Smith, RSM

Part-Time Staff:
Mary Jo Kearns, RSM

Administrative Assistant:
Nancy Elkin

Adjunct Spiritual Directors:
Brigitte Pincelli, Donna McCabe, Ed Reitter, Jim Choma, and Susan Delaney-Choma

The mission of Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, rooted in the Gospel and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, is to provide a sacred space, prayer experiences, and spirituality programs that help adults of any faith to encounter the God of mercy and share that mercy with others.  The mission moves beyond the House of Prayer to any place where we share our ministry.

A Sponsored Ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
1651 US Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069 * 908-753-2091 * msmhope@msmhope.org