Mercy Center




Commences September 7, 2017

Application period is open. Please read all materials carefully before applying. Limited spaces are available, please apply soon. The application period will close when the program is full.

Deadline for applications is Monday, August 14, 2017, at 6:00 pm PDT.


A Foundational Year in Contemplative Christian Spirituality

Whether you are currently engaged in some form of pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, deaconate, hospice, parish work, spiritual direction or other lay ministry, or just wondering what God has in store for you — this course is an opportunity to deepen your spiritual life.

If you have a desire to experience contemplative processes and a longing for a deeper relationship with God, this is the program for you. You must be willing to be challenged in the area of personal growth and be able to complete all required assignments.

The ministry of spiritual direction is a call that is discerned over a period of prayer, affirmed by accompaniment of others on their spiritual journey, and evidenced by integration and service in a faith community and a contemplative stance toward life. It is a call that is the fruit of deep inner work. Many who complete Sacred Journey move into other areas of vocation, enriched by the course experience itself, using the gifts of the program in other ways.


Mandatory Attendance and Program Prerequisites

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. The staff puts a very high priority on attendance for the sake of the integrity of the program. If you know you will be unable to attend the first session, please defer your application to another year.

While Sacred Journey is a prerequisite for most people applying to our Art and Practice of Spiritual direction program, please be aware that completion of Sacred Journey does not assure acceptance into our formation program.





September 7

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

October 12

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

November 9

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

December 7

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm


January 11

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

February 15

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

March 22

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

April 12

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

May 17

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm




Click on the icon or link below, to view and print out the program brochure.

If dates or other program details are changed, this brochure will be revised.

Print Read the Sacred Journey Brochure


Payment and Refunds


Fee for the program is $1,000, not including the $50 registration fee.

Please read the Refund Policy before you submit your application.

Print Read Sacred Journey Refund Policy


Application Fee


Click the icon or link below, to pay the application fee (M/C or Visa only).


Secure application payment

Please pay the application fee before filling out the online application.

After you pay the application fee, do not make any further payments.

Overseas residents: Send email for the application payment procedure.


Online Application


Click the icon or link below, to complete the online application.


Print Go to online program application

Application Deadline: Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:00 pm PDT.



Mercy Center staff will contact you regarding acceptance into the program.

For further information, contact Brittany Soracco.

Phone: 650-340-7495 | Email:


Updated 2/22/2017