53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:September 1st-8th, 2021.

Begins with 6 PM supper on Wed, Sept 1, and ends with 10:00 AM brunch on Wed, Sept 8


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.


Cost: $655. Includes private room and three meals per day. You will have access to Genesis' contemplative spaces and the Providence Arboretum. 

$150 deposit. 


Facilitators (L to R):  Ruth Duffy, SND; Mary Ellen Schopfer, CSJ

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Ruth Duffy, SND has ministered in the area of Adult-Psycho-Spiritual Development for many years.  She has extensive experience in spiritual direction and directed retreats and is a certified teacher in the Enneagram Oral Tradition with Helen Palmer Workshops. Ruth also completed 10 years as Director of Notre Dame Spirituality in Ipswich, MA.

Sister Mary Ellen Schopfer, CSJ, sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, has been a spiritual director and facilitating retreats and days/evenings of prayer for over 20 years. She received her training from the Spiritual Renewal Center, Syracuse, NY where she has been/is on staff as a spiritual director and retreat director for the past 15 years.  Mary Ellen finds it a privilege to be present to see God’s movement and Grace within persons in spiritual direction and particularly during a time of retreat.

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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