Mystic, Connecticut: St. Edmund's Severed Arm

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Address:
99 Yacht Club Rd, Mystic, CT
Directions:
From Mystic, drive east about a half-mile on US Hwy 1. Turn right (south) onto Masons Island Rd. Cross the bridge onto Masons Island, bear left onto Chippechaug Trail, then turn left onto E. Forest Rd and then immediately onto Yacht Club Rd. Cross the bridge onto Ender's Island, park in the lot on the left, and walk to the outdoor chapel (It's a tiny island).
Admission:
Free
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St. Edmund's Severed Arm.

St. Edmund's Severed Arm

The severed arm of St. Edmund Rich, a 13th century archbishop of Canterbury, is on display in a glass case in a tiny outdoor chapel on Ender's Island.

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St. Edmunds retreat area.

St. Edmund's Severed Arm

What an incredible place! The grounds of the St. Edmunds retreat area are amazing. I wish we had planned to attend a service. The gardens are lovely and the views of the ocean are breathtaking.

[Jenn Bickley, 06/10/2021]

Seaside Chapel.

Seaside Chapel Near Saint Edmund's Arm

While on Enders Island, after you visit St. Edmunds severed arm, you must walk about 40 feet down to the shoreline and experience the Seaside Chapel, where waves slap against the rocks that lead directly into the open air worship area. There is an altar where many have left tokens of remembrance and prayers.

[Kristen Mullen, 08/29/2019]

The arm.

St. Edmund's Severed Arm

You should have no problem getting in the Chapel. The severed arm is in to the left.

[Kent Currie, 11/16/2014]

St. Edmund's Severed Arm.

St. Edmund's Severed Arm

On Ender's Island, off the coast of Mystic (accessible by car), there's a religious retreat run by a Catholic order known as the Brothers of St. Edmund, founded in France in the 19th century The order takes responsibility for the relics of St. Edmund Rich, a 13th century archbishop of Canterbury whose body has been a pilgrimage site in France for centuries. When the Edmundites came to the U.S. in the 1950s, they brought a relic of St. Edmund with them: his severed arm. The arm is on display in the chapel on Enders Island, kept under a glass case along with smaller bone fragment relics.

It's free and open to the public, but keep in mind that you're in a place of religious worship and quiet contemplation.

[Tom Breen, 05/30/2013]

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