Let me start by saying I am not a writer. When asked to participate in writing a blog post for Genesis, I was hesitant. What I could write that would be meaningful? After some contemplation, I am giving this a try.
When I was hired years ago, I never realized the rich history of the land at Genesis. I feel our history is the reason for the wonderfully peaceful atmosphere here. I feel our rich history contributes to our success in making guests feel welcome.
Nature helps us nurture at Genesis.
Genesis’ land was originally occupied by regional Native Americans, called Woronoack, meaning “winding river.” These tribes would set-up on the land because of its abundant natural resources. The concept of property didn’t exist. Instead, the Woronoack people saw the land in terms of how it was used, not that is was owned. When settlers moved into the region, the natives were forced to move on.
The property eventually became the Crane Estate in the early 1800s. The Crane family was known in New England as experts in paper manufacturing as well as a variety of other endeavors.
Driving up the driveway at Genesis, lined with magnificent trees and lovely plantings, you can just picture the beautiful Carriage House and Manor House back in the day. Though the Manor House is gone, the Carriage House remains a useful beautiful building – a peaceful sanctuary for many to enjoy during their stays at Genesis. I held my daughter’s baby shower there a couple of years ago. Genesis has rented out the Carriage House for weddings, memorial services and other functions over the years – it’s a truly welcoming, warm place to gather.
The property was acquired by the Sisters of Providence and used from 1933-1964 by the Guild of the Holy Child as a lying-in hospital for unwed mothers. The Manor House was raised in 1964 to make way for our current building. The Sisters of Providence continued their ministry for unwed mothers until 1975.
In 1976, the Sisters began a new ministry and Genesis came to life as a spiritual center.
Genesis provides a wonderfully tranquil environment for those who visit. The beautiful grounds are a joy to walk on and each changing season is a wonder. I am in awe daily by the tranquility I feel and my beautiful experiences with the guests. While I deal with the Center’s Financial Services, I do enjoy sharing our history with those who visit. I was known for giving a tour of where the chickens lived, when we had them. I am looking forward to the upcoming history corner that Sister Elizabeth is creating and being able to share that with our guests.
Sometimes, a calling begins with inner restlessness. A disquiet or tension, perhaps even an irritation. In the ups and downs of the day-to-day, it is easy to chalk these up to the ordinary trials and tribulations of daily life. Certainly, growing in maturity requires cultivating the ability to hold fast during turbulent times, not jumping ship at every inconvenience or upset.
Posted on 9/23/2021
A while ago, Genesis received the gift of a canvas labyrinth along with a number of boxes of accessories, some easels and posters. Due to its size, the labyrinth will only fit in the Providence Room and time passed as we waited for the room to be available so we could unfold the labyrinth and walk it. In the meanwhile, Nick and Wayne stored the labyrinth, boxes and posters upstairs in a Carriage House closet. Weeks passed, then months. Years.
Posted on 8/10/2021
These past weeks I’ve had occasion to cover Genesis’ kitchen so our beloved Chef Jen could have a couple of days off. I delighted in harvesting tart cherries from the tree behind the Carriage House and incorporating them into Rainbow Chard, bacon and cherry pizzas, Chilled Persian Soup, and cooking them down for a sauce over vanilla ice cream.
Posted on 7/14/2021
Posted on 2021-06-10
Reflecting on the spirituality of Providence
Posted on 5/7/2021
Posted on 5/18/2021
We had a lovely full house of 28 gathered to celebrate Genesis’ contemplative Easter Triduum Retreat...Read on
Posted on 2021-04-06