Mercy Center



The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius
Is God Calling You to Something New?

September 2017 - May 2018
Begins September 29, 2017

If you have been hoping for a way to put prayer and discernment in the forefront of your life, this program is for you. Experience the Ignatian retreat in a new format designed for busy lives in the Bay Area. Intentional community, excellent spiritual direction, days of peace at Mercy Center, with an invitation to respond to your deepest desires and God's dreams for you.

Space is limited, so please apply early. The application period will close when 6 spaces are filled.


Spiritual Exercises Format

4 retreat days (10:00 am to 2:00 pm) consisting of group spiritual direction and contemplative prayer, in an atmosphere of natural beauty and peace at Mercy Center, Burlingame

24 phone-in meetings (Fridays, time TBD) for group spiritual direction sessions


8 individual spiritual direction sessions scheduled at the convenience of the participant and the spiritual director


Small group creates intentional community and enriches diversity of process while providing ample individual attention

You will need to purchase The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life by Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J. (Loyola Press, September 2011). Please read pages 1-30 prior to the September 29 meeting.

Program Cost

$1,000 plus $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Program Staff

Retreat and Group Spiritual Director: Liz Lawhead


One on one Spiritual Direction: Mercy Center staff

Application and Resources

Please pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online when you submit your application. After we receive your completed application and application fee payment you will be contacted to arrange a discernment interview.


Complete online program application
Pay $50 nonrefundable application fee
Read and print the program schedule

Contact Information

For further information, email Brittany Soracco or call 650.340.7495.