53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:August 1st-7th, 2021.

Begins with 6 PM supper on Sun, Aug 1, and ends with brunch on Sat, Aug 7.


A silent directed retreat is a great way to reconnect with God. It is an opportunity outside of our everyday life that gives us time to rest in God’s love, to understand more deeply who we are, and who God is calling us to be.  We do not always realize how much of our life is filled with noise, thoughts, and busy-ness. Silence makes room for listening, for response, and for contemplation.

A silent directed retreat is designed to provide time and space for prayer and solitude. There will be opportunity to meet daily with a spiritual director, providing time to reflect on your spiritual journey and the presence and action of God in your life.


On site with private room, $560.


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Leaders (L to R):

Mary Costello, RSM;  Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ;   Margaret Galiardi, OP


Sr. Mary Costello, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy of the Northeast. She has graduate degrees in education and spirituality. Mary has directed retreats in the northeast, Canada and New Zealand. She is a spiritual director and trainer of spiritual directors, and has been involved in the ministry of retreats and spiritual direction for over 35 years.


Sr. 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, MA.  Following 10 years as a 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, MA.  She continues to offer Spiritual Direction and Retreats.


Sr. Margaret Galiardi, OP, is a trained spiritual director and author whose ministries have included parish work, teaching, and working with homeless persons. She has lectured nationally on ecological theology and spirituality, the “new Story and the Christian Story”, and the work of Thomas berry. With the Institute for Communal Contemplation, she has co-created a program for young adults on the impact of contemplation as a transformational force in their lives.


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

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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