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Event:**VIRTUAL** The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life - 19th Annotation Virtual Retreat
Date:October 1st-30th, 2021.

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life - 19th Annotation Virtual Retreat

You may begin the retreat anytime in October.  

This retreat is designed for those wishing to experience the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, referenced often as the 19th Annotation or Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life -  but who cannot make a full-time 30-day retreat. Most people take about 30 or so weeks to complete a 19th annotation retreat. You will meet via Zoom on a weekly basis, with your spiritual director. 

If you would like to deepen your relationship with God through a unique retreat experience of prayer, guided meditation, and spiritual direction, we invite you to register. Those interested should have some experience of spiritual direction and openness to praying with scripture.

Please be prepared to answer this question when you meet with your spiritual director:  How do you imagine this retreat in the context of your spiritual life? What hopes or desires do you bring?

Cost: $900.  Register below or call Genesis at 413-562-3627 to learn about flexible payment options. 


Facilitators: Nancy Small, Virginia Day, Joanne Leary, Bonita A. Kozemchak, Ph.D (pictured left to right)

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Nancy Small, Spiritual Director

Nancy Small is a seasoned spiritual director, hospice chaplain, writer and retreat leader with a certificate in directing the Ignatian 19th annotation retreat and a certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice. She is a former national coordinator and a current Ambassador of Peace with Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement. Her book, Seizing the Nonviolent Moments: Reflections on the Spirituality of Nonviolence Through the Lens of Scripture invites readers to explore nonviolence as a spiritual practice that shapes a nonviolent heart.

Nancy is an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie who also has deep roots in Ignatian spirituality. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and has served in ministries of spiritual care, pastoral leadership and peacemaking. She lives in Worcester, MA where she served for several years as co-leader of spiritual programs and practices with the Kairos Spiritual Life Center.


Virginia Day, Spiritual Director

Virginia is an experienced spiritual director and certified chaplain (NACC).  She holds Master’s degrees in Nursing and Divinity and obtained her preparation in the ministry of spiritual direction upon completion of the Master of Theology (ThM) in 2011 from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  Since that time, Virginia has maintained a practice in spiritual direction in New York City and in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  During her many years as a nurse clinician, educator, healthcare administrator and chaplain, Virginia has demonstrated a particular interest in and commitment to hospice and palliative care.  Most recently, due to the Covid pandemic, her focus has been the support and well-being of first line healthcare staff.  As a member of the spiritual directors affiliated with Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Virginia contributes to the Center’s mission of offering spiritual direction and programming in the Ignatian tradition to students, faculty, staff and the wider community.


Joanne Leary, Spiritual Director

Joanne Leary, M.Ed., holds degrees in Food Science and Nutrition, Home Economics and has a master’s degree in Special Education. Her professional career has included, family and consumer science teacher, college professor, yoga Instructor and kindergarten teacher. The role in life she cherishes most is that of wife, mother of four grown children and grandmother. Pastimes, she enjoys travel, hiking, knitting, sewing, cooking, yoga and gardening.

“As life unfolds either intentionally or in unexpected ways, at times, one needs a person to listen, notice and support important inward and outward movements. As a spiritual director I am passionate about listening to the story of how you engage fully in your life, find God in all things and discover the person you are truly meant to be during your time with the 19th annotation.”


Bonita A. Kozemchak, Ph.D.

Thank you for leaning into God’s invitation! You don’t need to know WHY you are exploring the Spiritual Exercises…your DESIRE for a deeper meeting with Jesus is the best place to start.

My role is to listen you into self-discovery. Awareness to what, where, how, God is awakening and meeting you can be overwhelming. I will be beside you to assist as you discern the restlessness and wandering and wondering. You know God on paper and now you are being asked to know God in your breath and depth – an intimate relationship where only One Presence will satisfy that hunger.

The 19th Annotation provides a daily rhythm of prayer and reflection. In addition to traditional prayer practices I can also provide non-verbal, artistic, and non-traditional prayer forms as the need/desire arises. Thinking outside the box is always an option. I am the servant to your prayers, contemplations, reflections and relationships of life and how you choose to respond to spiritual movement.

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

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Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
- Meister Eckhart