Hidden deep within our hearts is a loving God who will always love us and who never leaves us. We may feel troubled and confused at times, take detours, or run away, but this Loving God will continue to be a faithful PRESENCE in our lives, always there to listen, guide, sustain, forgive and heal. This retreat day will give us an opportunity to allow God to do what God does so well: to wrap us ‘ in God’s mantle of Light and Love, of Wisdom and Mercy.’
Mercedes Rojo, OSF, is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She currently works as a psychotherapist at a mental health clinic in Sharon Hill, PA. She also ministers at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA where she offers programs and spiritual direction. Sr. Mercedes received her BA in humanities from LaSalle University and holds master degrees in education and Pastoral Care and Counseling from St. Joseph University and Neumann University. She also holds a Spiritual Direction Certificate form Neumann University. Sister Mercedes has extensive experience as an educator, retreat facilitator and spiritual director. She worked in various private and parochial schools for eighteen years and was the administrator and program coordinator of St. Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA, where she also offered retreats and spiritual direction. Sr. Mercedes was the Disciples in Mission Program Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, writing curriculum and training manuals as well as offering training and mentoring to the program’s faith sharing group leaders.