Meet our Directors & Presenters

Nan Bouché, CSJA

Nan Bouché, CSJA, is a wife, mother and grandmother of four precious young granddaughters. She is an associate member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and a retired hospital chaplain. Nan holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Boston College with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Having completed two internships in spiritual direction, Nan has been engaged in the practice of spiritual direction for a number of years on Cape Cod where she lives. Nan also directs retreats in various retreat houses. As a trained supervisor, she is engaged in the ministry of supervision of spiritual directors.

Sarah Clancey, MTS, BCC

Hospice Chaplain/Retreat Presenter

With 12 years of experience in palliative and hospice care ministry, Sarah is currently a part -time Hospice Chaplain at the Pat Roche Hospice House in Hingham, MA. The  12 bed residence, which is situated in a pastoral setting on a working farm,  serves the needs of hospice patients and their families. In addition to her hospice ministry, Sarah is  a retreat presenter on spirituality with a focus on caregiving and ministry and she leads  spirituality groups on a range of topics. Sarah is board certified as an interfaith chaplain from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). She did her clinical pastoral education (CPE) training at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, MA; where she also worked as a staff chaplain for five years.  Ms Clancey received her Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) in 2009 from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, formerly the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, where Sarah started her studies. For her ministry to patients and their families at the end of life, Sarah received the Shining Star award in 2013 and was named Compassionate Caregiver of the Year in 2016 by her employer, the Norwell Visiting Nurses (NVNA).  Sarah worked in business and government for 26 years before entering theology school to pursue her call to ministry.   


Sister Clare Walsh

Sr. Clare Walsh is a Mission Helper of the Sacred Heart, a community without walls, founded in 1890 by four laywomen in Baltimore, MD. Clare is a graduate of Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She spent nearly 20 years as the Director of Pastoral Care at Tufts Medical Center, 4 years on the staff of the Center for Religious Development ( a spiritual Direction Training Program), 10 years as Assistant to the Jesuit Provincial for Ignatian Spirituality and Asst Director of The Jesuit Collaborative. In between, Clare served as Formation Director for MHSH and served on the Leadership team for 8 years. Currently, Clare is a fundraiser for women Asylees and their children who reside at the Mission Helpers motherhouse in Baltimore. She also teaches a Practicum in Spiritual Direction at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College and is a retreat and spiritual director.


Joan Duffy, CSJ

Over the last ten years, Sister Joan has been a facilitator for Directed Retreats at St. Joseph Retreat Center in Cohasset, Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury and recently at Eastern Point Retreat Center in Gloucester. As an experienced group facilitator, her focus has been on discernment of heart as a way of being attentive to God’s presence in our lives as each day unfolds. With varied experiences in spiritual companionship, Sister Joan is involved in the ministry of Spiritual Direction at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brighton. Additionally, her ministry involves spiritual companioning of retired sisters and leading prayer services.

Lyn Ferrara

Ellen (Lyn) Ferrara is a graduate of The Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA where she received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction and she holds a master’s in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel College. She has been active in retreat work and Cursillo leadership since 1972 and received CPE training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Lyn has been a hospice volunteer and is currently a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony’s Parish in Cohasset, MA, South Shore Hospital and Plymouth House of Correction and provides Spiritual Direction at Glastonbury Abbey for retreatants upon request. Lyn is the mother of five daughters and one son, a widow, and Nana to thirteen grandchildren.

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, California 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.

Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ

Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston. She holds a M.A. in Religious Education and a M.A. in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a NACC Certified Chaplain. Kathleen is a certified Mid-Life Directions Consultant, an international group who conduct aging programs for mid-life and older adults throughout the U.S. and abroad. Kathleen has been an educator and administrator. She recently served as an Interfaith Chaplain for the State of Massachusetts in an inpatient locked clinical setting for fourteen years. Currently, Kathleen conducts workshops on aging and spirituality and does Spiritual Direction and conducts retreats in the New England area.

Dorothea Masuret, CSJ

Dorothea Masuret received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Spirituality from Boston College. For many years she served in the Office for Pastoral Ministries in the Archdiocese of Boston, providing opportunities for ongoing spiritual formation and pastoral outreach. During this time she also served as a group facilitator for Parish Pastoral Councils, Religious Communities and Parish Staffs assisting them in integrating and embodying their mission. She has offered Mornings of Prayer and Guided Retreat Days. Presently she serves on the St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph and has completed the Spiritual Direction Internship Initiative.

Joan M. McCarthy, CSJ

Joan M. McCarthy, CSJ has been ministering in spirituality programs since 1973. When St. Joseph Retreat Center began in 1974 it was her privilege to be one of the two founding co-directors. Joan ministered full-time at Gonzaga Retreat House in East Gloucester for approximately seven years, at an ecumenical, residential treatment center in Canada for two years, on the congregation Formation Team for four years and on the congregation leadership team for six years. In 2006 Joan returned to full-time ministry at St. Joseph Retreat Center in Cohasset where she ministered until October 2016. Over the years Joan has given hundreds of 4-30 day retreats in numerous U.S. retreat centers, Wales, Ireland, England and Canada. Since 2003 Joan has also co-directed a weekly Spiritual Direction Internship Program and for several years she offered a monthly, multi-cultural training program in New York. Presently Joan is part of St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries and continues to offer spiritual direction, supervision, directed retreats and professional development programs for spiritual directors.

Kathleen Short, CSJ

Sister Kathleen Short, CSJ, is an experienced spiritual director and retreat director. Sister Kathleen has facilitated twelve step spirituality retreats for many years. She is also a member of the Credo Dancers of Boston. Sister Kathleen is also: a pastoral counselor, a drug and alcohol counsel, a holistic practitioner, a licensed massage therapist, and a reflexologist. Sister Kathleen focuses her ministry on the poor, those struggling with addiction, the sick and elderly. Sister Kathleen and massage therapists from Perfectly Balanced life offer gentle chair massage and wellness sessions that usually take an hour; Topics: Healthy Breathing, Compassion: Road to Peace, Communicating with Love, Revitalize through Self Care, Growth through Meditation, Natural Skin Health, Kindness is Powerful, Happiness through Positive Thinking, The Power of Gratitude and Visualize New Possibilities.  Please contact or

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