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by Joan McGovernCategory: Updates

three women standing in front of a large picture window.
L to R: Joan McGovern, Director, Cormaria; Sr. Rosamond Blanchet, RSHM, Eastern American Area Leader; and Lisa Field, Cormaria Board Chair

Cormaria…the loving heart of Mary. That loving heart is a source of grace, a place of meeting, a place to develop one’s interior disposition. Through the charism of the founder, Jean Gailhac and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, individuals are invited to enter the heart to contemplate its sentiments, intentions, love and devotion.

The Spirit is present to those who come away and rest awhile at Cormaria Retreat Center’s 14 sacred acres in Sag Harbor, New York. Cormaria’s mission is to create an atmosphere where the Spirit flourishes for the life and dignity of all. The RSHM consider this inclusive hospitality an expression of their call to celebrate God’s love and to make that love known to others. That love is intentionally woven into all aspects of Cormaria’s operation.

Our Hospitality Ministry strives to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere, welcoming all who come to savor the movement of the Spirit. Whether you come for a retreat, prayer service, film series or special event, we want you to feel at home. No detail is overlooked, from the first greeting and introductions to meals, accommodations and accessible grounds. Our staff and volunteers ensure that our guests encounter an atmosphere where God’s love is celebrated.

The New Year began with a program spanning New Year’s Eve through breakfast and Mass on New Year’s Day that focused on Prayer for Peace. Moving through the Winter, we will offer in-person day programs and repeat them on Zoom for individuals unable to join us in person. A new addition will welcome the Lunar New Year – Year of the Dragon – through the lens of two films from China followed by a discussion and a meal. The Triduum, March 28-31, will close the month and the year’s first quarter. We have also added a monthly film series and continue to host recovery groups.

We have increased the number of programs and events offered in 2024. You can find them listed on our website or contact us via phone:at 631-745-4206 or email at to request a schedule be sent to you.

Whether you are searching for a few hours just to be still or are interested in lingering longer with God, Cormaria provides what God has placed in your heart. Come celebrate the gifts of one another coming together as part of the divine tapestry of creation and allow yourself to feel the loving embrace of Mary’s heart…Cormaria.

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