I had the opportunity the other day to present at the House of Prayer in Watchung, NJ-right off Rt.22 below the Campus of Mount St. Mary's High School. It's the third or forth time that I have presented there and I feel I needed to make some comments on the wonderful programs and hospitality that they offer. They, Theresina Flannery, RSM Mary Jo Kearns, RSM Eileen P. Smith, RSM have created a wonderful oasis where one is both spiritually and emotionally nourished. As their mission statement says: Rooted in Gospel values and the charism of Catherine McAuley, Mount St. Mary House of Prayer is a spiritual center dedicated to nourishing adult spiritual growth in an atmosphere of hospitality and prayer. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the center welcomes persons of all faiths to retreats, spiritual direction and a variety of programs and opportunities for holistic growth.
What makes this place so special is of course the people that run it. They are in tune with Gospel and welcome and serve those who are seeking God. I have always felt affirmed and loved in their presence which is the presence of Christ. I encourage all who are reading this to visit their website and more importantly stop by for a short visit to their Chapel and meet the Sisters...and Joan...who work there. You will come away refreshed!!