Home' Aurora : Aurora September 2015 Contents 19
www.mnnews.today/aurora-magazine Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Sr Anne (left) and Sr Pauline in the grounds of the Mercy Spirituality Centre.
I sensed a calm, peaceful feeling upon
entering the grounds of the Mercy
Spirituality Centre at Toronto. The
vast views of Lake Macquarie from this
r etreat venue are complemented by the
beautiful, spacious gardens. It is a truly
great setting for reflecting -- a place for
r enewal of mind, body
This Centre was
previously a convent
of the Sister s of
Mercy, Singleton, and
had been used as a
spirituality centre for
decades under the
leadership of Sr Heather
McClymont. Sr Heather
lived a ver y long life and
following her death there was
a period of quiet at the Centre. The
Centre is now administered by the
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Austr alia
and Papua New Guinea which was
formed at the end of 2011, comprising
15 for mer congregations of the Sister s of
In January 2015 Sr Anne Ryan
commenced as Co - ordinator of the
Mercy Spirituality Centre. Anne's
challenge is to develop her understanding
of what people are looking for and
where they want to begin. The Centre
offers facilitated silent retreats, directed
retreats, weekend retreats, non-
residential retreats and days of reflection.
Per sonal spiritual direction is available
by appointment. If Anne feels she can't
meet an applicant's needs, she is happy
to direct them to other centres.
Ther e is an open invitation for
anyone who has a sincere
desire to nourish their soul
to visit the Centre. Some
people come because
they are searching and
perhaps they are not
finding what they ar e
seeking in the places
they used to go, such
as churches or spiritual
associations. The Centre can
be a healing place for people
who feel betr ayed by their institutional
church. Other s come to be nourished
as they are travelling with great energy
on their spiritual journey. Some people
come to relate with God in private time.
For those seeking companionship, there
is the oppor tunity to meet others.
It can be a profoundly silent place for
those who feel the need to be centred.
Retreatants have commented that they
get excited by a per sonal awareness of
how to nourish themselves to be who
they are called to be, "to be the best
come and find
your space in this
of me that I can be". Anne explained this
fur ther. "Sometimes we look in the mirror
and know it's a bad hair day and we go
and do something about it and it is the
same thing for our inner spirit."
Built in 1911, the two-storey building
consists of seven newly-renovated en-
suite bedrooms , a meeting room, dining
room, two lounge areas and enclosed
ver andahs. Sr Pauline Mur r ay, who has
retired from nur sing and palliative care
ministry, provides the delicious, nourishing
meals from the moder n kitchen. Also
on-site are thr ee small self-catering units
for private retreat time. A recent private
r etreatant described his time as "the most
profound silence I have ever entered into.
I have a new under standing of alone time
Anne would be delighted to welcome
you to come and find your space in this
For a list of spiritual directors, retreat
facilitators and events, please visit
E email@example.com or
P 4959 1025.
To learn more, call us today on 4979 1172.
Family Dispute Resolution
Did you know CatholicCare offers Family Dispute
Resolution for separated parents?
Family Dispute Resolution provides a forum where individual family members can
negotiate issues in dispute with the assistance of a trained, impartial third party.
Open to all
Family Dispute Resolution for children's
and property matters
child inclusive Family Dispute Resolution.
Links Archive Aurora August 2015 Aurora October 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page