Mercy Ecology at
Mercy Ecospirituality Center

Our mission is to inspire reverence for Earth and to live in harmony with all of creation.

Directed Retreat October 15-20, 2023 with Sister Aline Paris, RSM

Sister Aline is a trained spiritual counselor and skilled retreat director. Aline has offered retreats and days of reflection since Mercy Ecospirituality Center was known as Lumen Christi. This will be a silent, directed retreat that will follow Ignatian practice and prayer with nature in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi.

The cost is $ 500.00 per person.

You may register by email at: [email protected] or calling 802-537-4531.

Advent and the Evolutionary Journey
The Coming and Becoming of God 

As human beings, we sense that the evolutionary journey of the universe is key to understanding who we are, where we are, and why we are here. As people of faith, we know that this same story illuminates the presence and work of God throughout all creation of which we are a part.

Throughout the various inputs, prayers, and rituals of the weekend, we’ll be reflecting on evolutionary journey of the universe as the context through which we can enter into Advent anew. What meaning does the Advent mantra, “ O Come ” hold for us today? How does the life-long season of Advent invite us to become “evolutionary provocateurs?”

Arlene Flaherty OP is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, NY. She holds a D.Min in contextual theology, and is a skilled teacher, workshop leader, retreat facilitator, and policy advocate whose personal and professional commitments have been at the intersection of theology, spirituality, and social/ecological-justice. 

Arlene Flaherty OP

Join us at Mercy Ecospirituality Center
56 Howard Hill Rd.
Benson, VT
December 1-3, 2023

$150 Friday-Sunday
$75 Saturday Only

We're Featured in EarthBeat!

Marybeth Christie Redmond recently wrote a beautiful piece in celebration of living gently, the importance of honey bees and our wonderful Mercy Volunteer Corps volunteers.

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A space for healing, community and reflection

At Mercy Ecospirituality Center, we've come to know our connection to nature as a spiritual practice - one that invites us to contemplate and engage with the world in an intentional way. Dedicated to developing a more insightful and meaningful relationship with self and the world around us, our community focuses on connecting people with nature and healing the earth by weaving together practices like local outreach, gardening, beekeeping, farming and sustainability. 

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Life on the Farm

A sneak peek into our lives here in Vermont. 
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We also have many beautiful handmade and unique items for sale in the farm house,
so please feel free to take a look while visiting.


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