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A Weekend of Prayer and Reflection
with the Brothers of Taizé for
young people ages 16-35

May 18-19, 2018

Begins Friday at 6:00 pm with dinner
Concludes Saturday at 9:00 pm after
dinner and evening prayer

Registration $40 / $25, per person

Please pay at the level that meets your budget.

Registration fee includes overnight lodging and all meals.

Evening Prayer with the Brothers of Taizé will be open to the public from 8:00 - 9:00 pm on May 18 and May 19 in Mercy Chapel.

Further information, contact



Dig deeper into the wellsprings of joy! Join us for a weekend of community prayer, reflection, workshops, and sharing led by the Brothers of Taizé.  This is an exciting opportunity for young people to join in a community of faith. 


Mercy Center's mission is to welcome all people with spiritual care and nourishment. We are working to make sure that this retreat is low cost and accessible to all. Additional donations will help others to attend; your generosity is appreciated!


Youths under age 18 must be accompanied on the retreat by an adult chaperone.


To learn more about the theme of the retreat, read this article by Taizé Brother Alois.





Brother John, originally from Philadelphia, has been a member of the Taizé Community in France since 1974.  He was among the first brothers from the Ecumenical Community of Taizé who came to Mercy Center in 1983 to lead young adults in a weekend retreat, the Pilgrimage of Trust.  Brother John has been active for many years welcoming young adults to Taizé, giving bible reflections, speaking with individuals and groups, traveling to young adult meetings all over the world, and writing books on biblical and spiritual topics.

Brother Émile comes from northern Ontario, Canada, and joined the Community in 1976. He also welcomes young people in Taizé, meets with visiting individuals and groups, and has recently authored Faithful to the Future: Listening to Yves Congar. For many years, Br. Emile was the Taizé Community contact for visitors from So. Africa. Through the Community's solidarity fund, many young South Africans from Soweto and Orange Farm where Sr. Jean ministered, were able to come to Taizé. They participated in the inter-continental youth meetings held during summer.

Jean Evans, RSM, D.Th. (Retreat Coordinator) facilitates retreats and Taizé Prayer at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California.  She ministered with apartheid victims in South Africa, 1984-2012.  Jean trained for retreat direction at Loyola House, Guelph, Canada. Currently, she is a Vocation Minister for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.




Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus; no exceptions


PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR TRANSACTION ONLY ONCE. Submitting more than once results in a duplicate transaction. If you do not see a completion message or receive a confirmation email, contact us. We will send you a copy of the transaction confirmation.

Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  An account is optional. Credit card data is not stored

Or call (650) 340-7495. For inquiries about scholarships, email







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