ABOUT MERCY CENTER
MERCY CENTER BURLINGAME
Mercy Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, West Midwest, an order of Catholic women religious. Mercy Center was established in 1981 in Burlingame, California, as a retreat center and a conference center for religious and non-religious nonprofit organizations.
Mercy Center provides opportunities for people to become more attentive to the presence of the Divine in their lives and in the world, and then respond with care for the Earth and service to others, especially people who are poor and vulnerable.
Mary Ann Clifford Rodriguez, RSM
Sister Mary Ann is a spiritual director, supervisor, retreat director and works in the formation of spiritual directors in English and in Spanish. She has spent over 20 years working in Latin America and the Caribbean. Sister Mary Ann is adjunct staff of Mercy Center, Burlingame.
Bernadette Hart, RSM
Sister Bernadette is a skilled teacher, spiritual director, and group leader with experience in elementary schools, parish work, hospital chaplaincy, assisting elders, and vocation ministry. At Mercy Center Sister Bernadette sees people for spiritual direction, leads the Cancer Prayer Group, and assists with retreat events and programs.
Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D
Joy is a spiritual director, scientist, and Centering Prayer coordinator at Mercy Center. She is dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.
Judy Cannon, RSM
Sister Judy, leads Wednesday evening meditation at Mercy Center. She has been studying and practicing meditation since 2000. She has made silent retreats at Mercy Center Burlingame with Fr. Thomas Hand and Fr. Greg Mayers, and also at The Insight Retreat Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Jean Evans, RSM
Sister Jean facilitates retreats and Taizé Prayer at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. She ministered with apartheid victims in South Africa, 1984-2012. Sister Jean trained for retreat direction at Loyola House, Guelph, Canada.
Suzanne Toolan, RSM
Sister Suzanne, creator of the communion song, “I Am the Bread of Life,” is an internationally known composer of liturgical music. She is a prominent American spokeswoman for the music and prayer of the Taizé ecumenical community from France and leads many Taizé-style retreats.