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Let us not forget hospitality

A Weekend of Prayer and Reflection

The Brothers of Taizé return to Mercy Center
for another retreat for young people 16-35

September 20-21, 2019

Begins Friday at 6:00 pm with dinner
Concludes Saturday at 9:00 pm after
dinner and evening prayer


Registration: $40 / $25 per person

Registration includes accommodation and meals. Please pay at the level that meets your budget.

Youths under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Groups of 6 or more, contact Mercy Center for registration assistance.

Additional donations help others to attend; your generosity is appreciated!




Do not forget to show hospitality, for by so doing some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

The pilgrimage of trust, an uninterrupted succession of meetings of young adults which began in Taizé several decades ago, continues today on all the continents. In each of these gatherings, one of the most memorable experiences is hospitality, both for the young participants and for those who open their doors to them.


To learn more about the theme of the retreat:


Read the 2019 Letter from Taizé Brother Alois.




Prayer with the Brothers of Taizé


All are welcome at evening prayer with the Brothers of Taizé


September 20 & 21, 2019  8:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Mercy Chapel, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame CA 94010



Taizé on First Fridays


Every first Friday 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, join us for Taizé


Mercy Chapel, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame CA 94010


learn more about Taizé at Mercy




Brother John, originally from Philadelphia, has been a member of the Taizé Community in France since 1974.  He was among the first brothers from the Ecumenical Community of Taizé who came to Mercy Center in 1983 to lead young adults in a weekend retreat, the Pilgrimage of Trust.  Brother John has been active for many years welcoming young adults to Taizé, giving bible reflections, speaking with individuals and groups, traveling to young adult meetings all over the world, and writing books on biblical and spiritual topics.

Brother Émile comes from northern Ontario, Canada, and joined the Community in 1976. He also welcomes young people in Taizé, meets with visiting individuals and groups, and has recently authored Faithful to the Future: Listening to Yves Congar. For many years, Br. Emile was the Taizé Community contact for visitors from So. Africa. Through the Community's solidarity fund, many young South Africans from Soweto and Orange Farm where Sr. Jean ministered, were able to come to Taizé. They participated in the inter-continental youth meetings held during summer.

Jean Evans, RSM, D.Th. (Retreat Coordinator) facilitates retreats and Taizé Prayer at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California.  She ministered with apartheid victims in South Africa, 1984-2012.  Jean trained for retreat direction at Loyola House, Guelph, Canada. 





Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus




Please read all of the following before making a registration payment:

  •  An account is optional—your credit card data is not stored 
  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa only, USA and Canada
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration

When you have entered your contact and billing information and are ready to complete the online transaction:




If there is an error message, or if you do not receive a confirmation email, please do not run the transaction again. Contact We’ll confirm your registration and provide assistance if needed.

Or call (650) 340-7474 for further information.







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