Mercy Center Auburn

About Us

Join us for an enjoyable evening as we give thanks for all the fruits which have been sown in our lives through the Mercy Center Auburn!


Mercy Center Auburn

Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Mercy Center Auburn Mercy Center Auburn serves individuals, groups, religious organizations of diverse faiths, and non-profit organizations. The Center also hosts educational, corporate, and other groups whose programs and philosophy are consistent with the mission of the Center.

Our 33 acres provides an environment of serenity and natural beauty. We offer retreats and programs that enrich the lives of women and men in search of sacred space for quiet reflection and spiritual growth.


Mission Statement

Mercy Center Auburn offers and supports opportunities to enhance the life of prayer and spiritual growth of persons and communities. We offer hospitality to persons, ministries, and service groups whose philosophy and beliefs are in harmony with gospel values. We host groups who, like the Sisters of Mercy, are committed to the betterment of the poor, the sick, the uneducated, and the “seeker.”


Our Staff

Karla Felix-Rivera, MDiv., JCL

Executive Director

(530) 887-2048

Zulma Esquivel-Diaz M.Div

Program Director


Robin Cowan

Administrative Assistant/Hospitality Coordinator



Sierra Chapel

With a beautiful view of our manicured grounds, our Sierra Chapel offers private, contemplative space for personal prayer, reflection and worship.

The Chapel can accommodate up to 45 people for services or gatherings. Silence is golden in this space, but there is a piano available. The Chapel can also be used as a meeting space.

The Path

Walking the Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is a spiritual tool, used as a walking meditation to assist us in finding peace, manage stress, decision-making, and healing. It represents a journey into our own center and back again into the world. Walking the labyrinth allows us to focus our thoughts and gain clarity and insight into ourselves.

Mercy Center’s Labyrinth is open to the public daily, and all are welcome to join us to experience your own contemplative journey. Our retreat guests take precedence when scheduling use of the Labyrinth. Please phone us at 530-887-2019 to inquire about the availability of the Labyrinth, as well as to inform us of your presence on the grounds of Mercy Center.

A Ministry of Hospitality

Support Our Ministry

It is through the generosity of our donors that Mercy Center Auburn is able to continue the mission of the Sisters of Mercy to “offer and support opportunities to enhance the life of prayer and spiritual growth of persons and communities.” Your donation allows us to provide scholarships and make ongoing improvements to our Center in an effort to accommodate our many guests. You will be remembered in the prayers of the staff and Sisters as we celebrate over 20 years of retreat ministry.​

If you are interested in making a donation in support of Mercy Center Auburn’s ministry, please complete the donation form below.

“Hospitality is not to change people but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not a method of making our God and our way into the criteria for happiness, but the opening of an opportunity to others to find their way to God and their way. The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness – a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free – to sing their own song, speak their own language, dance their own dance.” (Henri Nouwen)



Learn more about hosting your next retreat or meeting at Mercy Center Auburn.

Our meeting spaces provide the privacy and updated technology necessary to fully concentrate on your particular goals, and our 33 acre campus offers many outdoor areas for meditation and relaxation, including garden paths, meditation groves and a labyrinth.