Mercy Center



Is God Calling You to Something New?

The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius

September 2018 - May 2019
Begins September 25, 2018

New Wednesday Session!

Because of the overwhelming response to the Spiritual Exercises program, Mercy Center will be holding a second session of the program, which will be facilitated by Malisa Stewart and meet via Zoom video conference on Wednesdays at 8:00 am. Space is extremely limited and applications will close once the program is filled. If you are interested, please apply soon!

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 video conference meetings for group spiritual direction sessions. Video meetings will be held using Zoom. You will need a computer or tablet, webcam and microphone.


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.

You 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 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

Application and Resources

Please complete the online application. We will contact you to arrange a discernment interview.


Go to the online program application
Applicants for the Wednesday session will receive a link to pay the $50 application fee
Read and print the program schedule

Contact Information

For further information, email Brittany Soracco or call 650.340.7495.