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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.

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