Mercy Center





A Foundation in Contemplative Christian Spirituality

If you are engaged in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, deaconate, hospice, parish work, spiritual direction or other lay ministry —

If you have a desire to experience contemplative processes, and a longing for a deeper relationship with God —

If you are willing to be challenged in the area of personal growth and have the space in your life for a monthly commitment —

This is the program for you.

Sacred Journey is an opportunity to deepen your spiritual life.

A Call to Direction, Integration and Service

Many people participate in Sacred Journey with the intention to become a spiritual director. 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.

Participants Reflect on the Program

Our sacred circle is always powerful — to be held in such unconditional space is truly a gift


Guidance about spirituality and psychological development was very enriching


The meeting was mindfully constructed to model deep listening and speaking from the soul

I value the variety of backgrounds and faith traditions that are present within the group

The others on this journey provided a wealth of kindness and humility that was hope-filled, comforting, and encouraging

Attendance and Further Information

Attendance at all sessions is necessary. 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 required for most people applying to the spiritual direction formation program at Mercy Center, completion of Sacred Journey does not assure acceptance into our formation program, but is only one of the elements considered in the application process.



Deadline for applications: Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

The first session takes place on September 6, 2018.

Please read all materials carefully before applying.



September 6

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

October 18

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

November 15

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

December 6

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm


January 17

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

February 14

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

March 7

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

April 11

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

May 16

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm


For the October-April meetings there is an optional book group from 3:00-3:45 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 the 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.

Online Application


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


Print Go to online program application

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 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:


Photo credit: Cristian Bernal. Creative Commons license.