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Reflections on Spirituality and a Mission of Hospitality

Mercy Center has long experience as a conference services provider for nonprofit organizations and has been a progressive spiritual retreat center for more than 25 years. In the following articles and profiles, you'll read about the ways we find commonality of intention and a renewed sense of purpose through the practices of dialogue, transformative conferencing and contemplative work.

The Intersection between Gladness and Hunger
by Liz Dossa

This article, which first appeared in ¡Viva! Mercy January/February 2015, examines Mercy Center's role in the development of spiritual direction formation programs.

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Mercy Center Labyrinth
by Liz Dossa

The natural setting of the labyrinth at Mercy Center is undergoing a transformation. Read how our dedicated volunteer gardeners are beautifying this meditative space.

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Profile of a Mercy Center Artist
by Liz Dossa

Artist Marie Wagner brings the California missions to life on the walls of Mercy Center.

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Merton's Unidentified Vestiges
by Marianne Hieb, RSM

Reflections on the influence of Thomas Merton in this article drawn from a workshop hosted by the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Profile of Sister Lorita Moffatt
by Liz Dossa

Sr Lorita begins every retreat and every program at Mercy Center with one earnest question: Does what we do here have any impact on our world?

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Profile of Catherine Wilkinson
by Liz Dossa

Catherine Wilkinson’s touch is everywhere in Mercy Center. Read about the woman who transforms Mercy Center's interiors with an artist's touch.

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Profile of Rita Moser
by Liz Dossa

The housekeeping department on the Mercy campus prides itself on being invisible, not an easy task given the constant flow of conference guests and retreatants.

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First Fridays at Mercy Center
by Suzanne Toolan, RSM

Internationally-known liturgical composer Sr. Suzanne Toolan, RSM, recently wrote this article for Liturgy Today Magazine about the Taizé program at Mercy Center Burlingame.

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Friends of God and Prophets
by Mary Ann Scofield, RSM

In this excerpt from "Sacred is the Call", pioneering trainer Sr. Mary Ann Scofield examines the three-fold transformation experienced in the process of becoming a spiritual director.

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Crossing Over Together: Reflections on the Zen Christian Path
by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J.

A collection of spiritual reflections by East-West program founder Fr. Thomas Hand. Editor Judy Howe Hayes has graciously allowed us to offer a free download of the book for individual and group use.

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Sacred is the Call: Formation and Transformation in SD Programs
by Suzanne M. Buckley

"As the ministry of spiritual direction has expanded in recent years, formation programs to support those called to this vocation have grown rapidly. Because the call to spiritual direction is indeed sacred, this book explores formation programs as journeys of faith..."

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Reflections on my "48 Hours without Technology" Retreat
by Melinda Athey

"I arrived at Mercy Center on the beginning afternoon of my 48-hour retreat full of curiosity. I was ready to map out my two days of no use of technology – just two days of quiet and no interruptions..."

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The Mercy Center Cancer Prayer Support Group
by Liz Dossa

"Brain cancer patient Ted Burroughs struggled to speak one morning in a sunny front parlor at Mercy Center in Burlingame. In a few minutes he would join the Cancer Prayer Support Group..."

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