October 29, 2014
By Sisters Marian Clare V. and Bernie H.
Each year Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, offers a May invitational retreat for men and women who are marginalized and/or economically poor from shelters and social service agencies. The goal of the retreat is to give those who are struggling with poverty and other issues a time of respite with spiritual hospitality and support. The hope is God’s love comes to them through this experience.
The invitational retreat weekend was held May 16-18, organized by Sister Bernie H., Mercy Associate Margarita M., Brenda L. and Sister Marian Clare V. Over 40 people from shelters and social service agencies attended, and, as Suzanne Buckley, director of Mercy Center, noted, “This event would not be possible without support from donors, volunteers, and our staff.” Colleen – our Program Administrator and a Mercy Associate—was essential to the retreat’s success, and Cristina on our staff helped with registration, hospitality and supervision during the retreat. Read More