Mercy Center



Supervision Practicum

A one-week program July 8-14, 2018
$1,900 Resident / $1,600 Commuter

Application period is now closed

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.

Paul Harkness is a spiritual director, supervisor and retreat leader with a practice in Berkeley, California. He is an ordained United Methodist minister. Paul was trained in direction and supervision at Mercy Center in the early 1990s, and serves on on the Sacred Journey program team.

Jim Peterson is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and a spiritual director trained at the San Francisco Theological Seminary's Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction program. He has provided spiritual direction for over 20 years and supervision of directors for 15 years. Jim helped staff the supervision training program at Mercy Center Burlingame in 2016. He co-leads retreats and does small group facilitation and teaching in three Northern California spiritual formation programs.


Program Dates and Costs

Program Cost


$1,900 for residents


$1,600 for commuters


By May 28, 2018

  •  Complete online application and pay $50 nonrefundable application fee
  •  Ask your supervisor to complete a brief online recommendation for you

Accepted participants will receive a link to our secure online payment site where they must make an initial deposit payment of $500.


By July 1, 2018

  •  Make the final balance payment through our secure online payment system

Further Information

The application period is now closed. For further information or questions about application and payment procedures, contact:


Brittany Soracco
Tel: 650.340.7495


For information or questions about Supervision Practicum program content, contact:


Suzanne Buckley
Director, Mercy Center Burlingame