Mercy Center



Supervision Practicum
July 10-16, 2016
Sunday evening 3:00 pm to
Saturday 7/16 at 1:00 pm

$1,800 Resident / $1,500 Commuter


A program for experienced spiritual directors who have been in ongoing personal or group supervision, and supervisors who want to enhance their skills.

If you are responding to the call to offer this ministerial support, join us for a week of applied learning in a collegial and contemplative setting. Intensive approach with experienced staff.

Certificate of Completion awarded.



Suzanne Buckley, Director of Mercy Center, left a career in corporate training and development and transitioned to ministry work. She has been a campus minister, spiritual director, educator, and trainer of spiritual directors. Sinced 1992, Suzanne has worked with a variety of formation programs in the Bay Area, including the Mercy Center Burlingame Summer Internship for Spiritual Direction. She is the editor of the award-winning book, "Sacred is the Call – Formation and Transformation in Spiritual Direction Programs" (Crossroad 2005).

Liz Lawhead, M.A. is a spiritual director, supervisor, retreat leader, and prayer group facilitator for those living with cancer. After 30 years of working in high tech as a program manager, she transitioned to full time spiritual direction ministry and completed a Masters in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University. Liz trained in the Spiritual Directors' Institute at Mercy Center and is on the Art and Practice of Spiritual Direction team. Liz has a special interest in accompanying those in significant life transitions.

Plus additional Mercy Center adjunct team members and experienced ministry leaders.



The program application, application fee payment, and recommendation form are all accessed online.


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. If you have not already done so, please email a link to the online recommendation form to your supervisor so that s/he can submit a recommendation on your behalf.


By May 24, 2016, you'll receive our admission decision. All participants accepted to the program must make a deposit payment of $500 by June 10, 2016 to hold their place. Accepted participants will receive a link to our secure online credit card payment site. The final balance payment must be made by July 1, 2016.


Overseas residents, do not pay online, please email Mercy Center. We will send information on how to pay for the program.


Read and print the program refund policy




For convenience, bookmark this page so that you can return to it and follow the steps in order.


To apply, follow the 3 steps listed below. The links will open a new tab or window in your browser.


Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
  Supervisor recommendation



Program information:


Colleen Shannon Soracco
Tel: 650.340.7495
Fax: 650.340.1299


Payment information:


Cristina Esguerra

Tel: 650.340.7474


Updated 5/10/2016