Mercy Center



Institute of Spirituality in Leadership


Mercy Center Burlingame is a recognized pioneer in the development of Spiritual Direction formation programs. We are proud to present these programs and services led by Sr. Mary Waskowiak, RSM.


Windows on the Soul: Living on Purpose

Windows of the Soul is a series of seven unique sessions that will take you on an amazing journey of self-awareness and transformation. Begins January 10, 2017

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Supporting Elected Women Religious
Leaders in a Time of Global Transition

Join a community of others embarked on the leadership journey – and be empowered for personal growth and transformation. January 15-17, 2017

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Coaching and Spiritual Direction

Coaching and Spiritual Direction program illuminates the profound work of personal coaching in the light of the Spirit. Afternoon sessions held monthly. Begins March 4, 2017
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Coaching Services

Have You Thought About a Coach? Coaching offers opportunities for growth in excellence and depth in wisdom. Mary Waskowiak, RSM, a trained spiritual director and executive coach. is available to speak with persons about coaching and to help find a coach suitable to their needs.
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Sister Mary Waskowiak

Mary Waskowiak, RSM


Sr. Mary Waskowiak served as Director of Mercy Center in the late 1980s. She shares her passion for leadership development and spirituality, disciplines located at the intersection of formation in life and Spirit, and at the intersection of coaching and Spiritual Direction.

Mary's background includes 16 years in elected leadership with the Sisters of Mercy. During that time she also served a 3-year term in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She has visited more than 25 countries and served as presenter and facilitator in 12 countries. Mary speaks English and Spanish.

Sister Mary is also available for spiritual direction, coaching sessions, group facilitation and on-site retreats for your group. Please contact her directly: