53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:October 3rd, 2020.
Time:9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” Exodus 3:14

We all have many names that tell a story about parts of us: Daughter, Child, Friend, Sister, Aunt, Mother, Senior, Co-Worker, Volunteer, Widow. In this retreat we will reflect on our names and the names by which scripture and we call God.

NOTE! Spaces are limited to preserve distancing.

Cost - $35, includes lunch



Dr. Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz is a highly accomplished bilingual/bicultural school psychologist with more than two decades of experience working in inner-city school districts serving culturally and linguistically diverse student and family populations. In addition to her expertise assessing and supporting students' social-emotional and academic growth, she has collaboratively led initiatives supporting teachers and administrators in their efforts to optimize students' potential, work successfully with families, and use culturally responsive practices.



Val Liptak, RN, MM, Hospital CEO, has facilitated spiritual retreats for Christian women of all ages in a variety of settings. She was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Faith on Fire Catholic Rally in Feeding Hills, MA. A Spiritual Director and member of St. Mary’s parish in Westfield, MA, she is passionate about connecting the stories of the bible to our daily life.

Joanne Murphy Bio forthcoming

Michele Suhocki Bio forthcoming



Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director of Genesis, draws on her experience as a Catholic Worker, Plowshares activist, non-violence trainer, yoga teacher and massage therapist.  She is trained as a Spiritual Director and BioSpiritual Focusing Facilitator.


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From its beginning the earth is a spiritual as well as a physical reality.
-Thomas Berry