Mercy Center Burlingame: Retreat and Conference Center

Mercy Center in Burlingame has been a spiritual oasis for the last four decades, a place of healing and transformation. […more…]

Mercy Center Burlingame

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Mercy Center Burlingame Director: Mary A. Dillard


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.

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Mercy Center is my sanctuary! Once through its doors, the worries of modern life disappear. All Mercy staff allow for this. Actually, as a guest, all staff are welcoming. It is wonderful to be greeted warmly in the lobby. Housekeeping keeps everything spotless. The Mercy kitchen deserves a couple gold stars. Obviously there are many, many individuals (both those who are seen and not seen) who work to make each retreat run so smoothly.
Maryann S., Guest

The Dawning of a New Era for Mercy Center

“We have the reputation for providing a beautiful space for retreats, where you can come to explore your spiritual life, and that’s needed right now, especially in the wake of the pandemic,” says Mary Dillard, Director of Mercy Center. “To really ensure the sustainability of the Center, we need to have more funding in place.”

Seeking to raise $1.2 million in donations over the next 3 years, Mercy Center plans to expand its reach by creating professionally-produced webinars and podcasts. The campaign will help us to expand our team with new technology support staff and spiritual formation leaders. A donation of $125,000 will help design, build, and equip a recording studio. Grants of $1000-10,000 will contribute to our participant learning grant fund.

With many of the sisters now in their elderly years, Mercy Center plans to hire the next generation of caretakers to ensure the healing institution remains sustainable for the years ahead. 

Key Supporters

The Gellert Foundation
The O’Shea Foundation
Trust for the Meditation Process
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Private Donors