ACCOMPANYING THEIR STORY
by Gerry McCarthy
The symbol the Spiritual Companioning program uses for their brochure.
Painting by Diego Rivera
Six-years ago Sr. Mary Ann Clifford was providing spiritual direction for people living in the Mission District of San Francisco, which is the Spanish-speaking district of the city.
But she soon realized the overwhelming need for what she was offering. "In the city of San Francisco there were only two Spanish-speaking spiritual directors besides me that we know of," she says. "People started saying to me: You have to start preparing us, because you can’t see all the people that want to see you."
That’s when Sr. Clifford (who is a Sister of Mercy) started thinking about launching a spiritual direction program for Spanish-speaking people.