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  • Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ
    Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ

    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, Massachusetts. Following 10 years as 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, Massachusetts. She continues offering Spiritual Direction and Retreats.

  • Mary Ann Connolly, SC
    Mary Ann Connolly, SC

    Sister Mary Ann Connolly, SC, is a Sister of Charity Halifax. After completing the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, she joined the 3rd cohort of the Contemplative School for Living here at Genesis. Mary Ann’s formation as a spiritual director formally began 10 years ago in the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative in Brighton, MA. She brings to her ministry of spiritual direction a background in business, a love of children as an early childhood and elementary educator and administrator, a zest for life, and a desire to companion others on their spiritual journey.


Aug 06 - 11 2023


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5-Day Silent Directed Retreat

Come away for a Silent Directed Retreat, designed to give you time and space for prayer and solitude. A retreat at Genesis, with its peaceful, contemplative spaces and 19-acre Providence Arboretum, will open your heart to do the profoundly personal work of living and breathing into your spiritual journey and feeling the presence and action of God in your life.

During your stay, you will meet with a spiritual director once a day, who may make suggestions for further reflection. This could occur through prayer, Scripture, poetry, imagery, time in nature, and other modalities.

After you register, you will receive a questionnaire to fill out and submit before the start of the retreat. The questionnaire is designed to help you provide helpful information for your spiritual director.

Check-in begins at 4:00pm and supper will be served at 6:00pm. The retreat will begin after supper. Silence will begin at that time also. The retreat will end with breakfast at 8:00am on the final day.

Spiritual Directors: Mary Ann Connolly, SC and Carol Fitzsimmons, CSJ

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