Find a Spiritual Director

Spiritual directors, also known as spiritual companions, are people who have been trained in the art of contemplative listening. By offering listening presence, they provide spiritual care for your soul. It is a wonderful feeling to have a companion who is dedicated to listening as you ask your own questions and explore your personal spirituality.

Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, who was one of the founders of the Mercy Institute of Spiritual Formation reminded us that the basis for spiritual direction is disarmingly simple: namely, that God is active in our lives, constantly taking the initiative…

Anne Murphy, RSM

Anne Murphy, RSM

Anne Murphy, RSM received her Spiritual Direction certification here at Mercy Center just under a decade ago and has been accompanying men and women ever since. Besides Spiritual Direction she helps other Sisters of Mercy with whatever their needs might be: healthcare, technology, finance, etc. Sister Anne’s previous ministries included: elementary education and administration, Community Leadership and Formation Ministry for women entering the Sisters of Mercy. “I see the Sacred at work in each person who comes for spiritual direction and look forward to accompanying you!”

Celeste Marie Nuttman, RSM

Celeste Marie Nuttman, RSM

Celeste Marie has ministered as a spiritual director for over 40 years and as a supervisor for 25 also directing numerous retreats. She has been a Program Coordinator for the Art and Practice of Spiritual Direction for the Mercy Institute of Spiritual Direction and is currently an adjunct there. Celeste is a practicing artist and liturgical designer and has published two art meditation books: Mandala Meditations and Reflections with Rumi and Hafiz.

Janet Ruffing, RSM, PhD

Janet Ruffing, RSM, PhD

Sister Janet Ruffing, RSM, PhD has been a spiritual director since 1978 and served as staff in Mercy Center’s first summer programs in spiritual direction and taught spirituality and spiritual direction at Fordham University from 1986 -2009 and continues to serve as a spiritual director. She has written two books on spiritual direction To Tell the Sacred Tale: Spiritual Direction and Narrative and Spiritual Direction Beyond the Beginnings. She was a founding member of Spiritual Directors International and continues to see people for spiritual direction here in California.

Jean Evans, RSM

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.

Mary Ann Clifford Rodriguez, RSM

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.

Search for a Spiritual Director from SDI Companions

Many of our graduates who received 'The Art and Practice of Spiritual Direction' certificate of completion have profile listings on the SDI Companions Directory. Search the directory to find a spiritual director/companion who best suits you.