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Saint Mary by-the-Sea, Cape May Point, is a retreat house sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia to provide opportunities for annual retreat for the members of the Congregation and others who desire a similar retreat experience.

Saint Mary by-the-Sea offers these opportunities to retreatants in the hope of contributing to the wholeness of their lives and to a healthy rhythm of prayer, work, and relaxation for the sake of mission.

In seeking to provide opportunities for annual retreat, the staff of Saint Mary by-the-Sea is committed to:

  • the mission of unity and the spirit of self-emptying love and cordial hospitality to which the Sisters of Saint Joseph are called
  • a retreat atmosphere conducive to prayer through quiet, a climate of communal presence to God, and respect for individual privacy
  • daily prayerful celebrations of the Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • a variety of styles of retreat offerings
  • clean and comfortable accommodations and nourishing well-balanced meals, within the limits of affordability


  We live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another.
Mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia