Genesis was founded in 1976 and continues its mission today with an open atmosphere of hospitality and inclusiveness welcoming persons of all faiths, spiritual paths, and backgrounds. Founded by the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, MA whose mission dates back over 140 years as a transforming and healing presence in the community, the center has always promoted a climate of wellness through its programs, workshops and retreats.
Situated on the former Crane Estate in Westfield, the property once housed the Holy Child Guild administered by the Sisters of Providence from 1933 – 1975. Work began in 1975 to convert it to the spiritual life and conference center and one year later, it was formally opened. In 1990 the 7,000 foot carriage house underwent an extensive restoration and today includes meeting and conference facilities on the first floor and an art space, small ecology library and a mediation room on the second floor.
We cannot create knowledge without acting. The focus of this action is (a) to transform the world, (b) to establish interdependent relationships with human beings, with the cosmos and with God. — Paulo Friere