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    Jo Ann Bourquard

    JoAnn Bourquard is a seasoned spiritual director who believes that spiritual companioning is a means of healing the soul and, ultimately, the world. She holds the belief that “an unreflected life is not worth living” and that sharing our life story with one who is trained to listen deeply is a path toward personal growth and connection with the Divine.

    JoAnn is a retreat director and workshop facilitator. She has a particular interest in journaling and using literature as a means of awakening the soul. With a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and a certificate in Women’s Leadership, JoAnn is a Supervisor to those in formation to become spiritual directors and trains other supervisors. She especially connects with nature as a way into deeper contemplation and joy. She is also experienced in teaching the Enneagram.

    JoAnn presents a range of programs throughout the Northeast and is involved in the spiritual discernment process with individuals and groups in transition. She accompanies people of all faiths, including those seeking but not identifying with a particular tradition. She has accompanied men and women with serious illnesses, those who are dying, and people dealing with grief and loss of all types.


Oct 04 2023


10:30 am - 6:30 pm

Register for A Genesis (Virtual) Book Discussion

On Living, by Kerry Egan

Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

There are two open time slots available in which to register: 10:30am & 6:30pm.

Facilitated by: JoAnn Bourquard, MA

An emergency procedure during the birth of her first child left her physically whole but emotionally and spiritually adrift. Her work as a hospice chaplain healed her, from a brokenness she came to see we all share. Each of her patients taught her something – how to find courage in the face of fear or the strength to make amends; how to be profoundly compassionate and fiercely empathetic; how to see the world in grays instead of black and white. In this poignant, moving, and beautiful book, she passes along all their precious and necessary gifts.

Join us to share your thoughts and reactions to Kerry’s insights from being with people who find courage in the face of fear, and the strength to make whole the brokenness we all share.  This is a thought-provoking book for anyone, but especially for spiritual directors, caregivers, and those who are looking to deepen their spirituality.

Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain, graduate of Harvard Divinity School, and author of On Living and Fumbling: A Journey of Love, Adventure, and Renewal on the Camino de Santiago. Her hospice work has been featured on PBS and CNN, and her essays have appeared in Parents, American Baby, Reader’s Digest, and CNN.com, where they have been read more than two million times. She and her family live in Columbia, South Carolina.

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