Mercy Center




The next series of Sacred Journey begins September 21, 2019. Applications will open in April 2019.

Please contact our program office at 650-340-7495, or send an email request for further information.


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.


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

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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

2019-2020 Dates




September 21

Saturday 10:00 am -3:00 pm

October 24

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

November 21

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

December 12

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm


January 23

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

February 20

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

March 19

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

April 16

Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 pm

May 9

Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Lunch will be provided at the Saturday sessions. Please bring a bag lunch to the Thursday sessions; tea and snacks will be provided.


At the October-April meetings, an optional book group meets from 3:00-3:45 pm.



The 2019-2020 program brochure will be posted soon.

Print Sacred Journey brochure (posted soon)


For further information, contact our program office.

Phone: 650-340-7495 | Email: Program Office