Mercy Center



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

September 2019 - May 2020
Begins September 22, 2019

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.

Two sessions will be offered, meeting via Zoom video conference, on Tuesday mornings or Wednesday mornings. Both groups attend the retreat days together. Space will be limited to six (6) participants in each session, for a total of twelve (12). The application period will close when those spaces are filled, so please apply soon.


Retreat Format

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

Twenty-eight 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.


Please 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), which is required reading for the Exercises. Read pages 1-30 prior to the September 22 retreat.

Program Cost

$1,000 plus $50 nonrefundable application fee. Fee includes discernment interview, five retreat days, individual direction, and group direction.

Program Staff

Retreat and Group Spiritual Directors: Liz Lawhead and Missy Stewart


One-on-one Spiritual Direction: Mercy Center staff directors

Application and Resources

Please review the program schedule, which lists the dates and times for all retreats and for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.


Read and print program schedule



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


Pay the $50 application fee
Submit an online application


Contact Information

For further information, email Brittany Soracco or call 650.340.7495.