53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Event:ON-SITE. 5-Night Silent Directed Retreat
Date:August 6th-11th, 2023.


5-Night Silent Directed Retreat

A Silent Directed Retreat is designed to provide time and space for prayer and solitude, deepen discernment, and listen to the whispered song of spirit. You may wish to review the events and relationships in your life and reflect on how they relate to your connection with God.

You will meet with your spiritual director once a day and they may make suggestions for further reflection (prayer, Scripture, poetry, imagery, etc.) based on the questionnaire you will submit before the start of the retreat.

A retreat at Genesis, with its peaceful, contemplative spaces and 19-acre Providence Arboretum, will open your heart to do the profoundly personal work of living and breathing into your spiritual journey and feeling the presence and action of God in your life.

This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3:00PM and supper will be served at 6:00pm. The retreat will begin after supper. Silence will begin at that time also.

Cost: $560


Facilitated by Mary Ann Connolly, SC and Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ


Sister Mary Ann Connolly, SC, is a Sister of Charity Halifax.  After completing the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, she joined the 3rd cohort of the Contemplative School for Living here at Genesis. Mary Ann’s formation as a spiritual director formally began 10 years ago in the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative in Brighton, MA.   She brings to her ministry of spiritual direction a background in business, a love of children as an early childhood and elementary educator and administrator, a zest for life, and a desire to companion others on their spiritual journey.

Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ has more than 30 years’ experience as a Spiritual Director and Retreat Director. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Certificate of Study from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, and holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following 10 years as Team member and teacher in the Sabbatical Program at St. Stephen Priory and Spiritual Life Center, Sister Carol served at St Joseph Retreat Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts. She continues offering Spiritual Direction and Retreats

Please Indicate:

Is this your first program at Genesis?

How did you hear about this program?

*Type Of Registration Desired:


Medically oriented dietary or mobility needs?


*Semi-private room requests, please call 413-562-3627

Include a donation:

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious teeming with creatures beyond number- living things both large and small.
- Psalm 104:24-25