Mercy Center



Is God Calling You to Something New?

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

September 2018 - May 2019
Begins September 25, 2018


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.


Program Format

Three retreat days, consisting of group spiritual direction and contemplative prayer, in an atmosphere of natural beauty and peace at Mercy Center, Burlingame.

Thirty Zoom video conference meetings for group spiritual direction sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday mornings from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. for the Tuesday session participants
  • Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. for the Wednesday session paticipants

You must have a computer or tablet, webcam and microphone to participate.


Eight 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.

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 25 retreat.

Program Cost

$1,000 plus $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Program Staff

Retreat and Group Spiritual Directors: Liz Lawhead and Malisa Stewart


One on One Spiritual Direction: Mercy Center staff

Program Schedules

Please read and print the program schedules for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.


Read and print Tuesday program schedule
Read and print Wednesday program schedule


For further information, or to go on the wait list (please note: no spaces can be guaranteed), email Brittany Soracco or call 650.340.7495.