Fr. Robert M. Hussey, SJ, the Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, has decided to close the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, effective August 2021. Fr. Hussey announced his decision on 29 May 2020 in a letter to the Province. You may read Fr. Hussey’s letter, accompanying FAQs, and Br. Derby’s letter of response here.
While we are sorrowful at the decision, we are focused on the remaining time of ministry here in Wernersville. As much as possible in this pandemic, the Jesuit Center will be offering retreats, days of prayer, and other programs for spiritual renewal, and hosting groups, through August 2021. You can see our 2020-2021 program calendar here.
Dear Friends of the Jesuit Center,
Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the Jesuit Center has been closed to all retreatants and guests for three months. Our staff has planned a staged re-opening of the Center this summer and fall. Starting on June 30, we will be welcoming a very limited number of in-person retreatants for our silent directed retreats ONLY. Retreatants will be screened for health reasons and must follow our safety protocols. We are adding additional directed retreats to accommodate retreatants beyond the limited number of places available. We are also making available the option to participate virtually in directed retreats via Zoom. You will find information about the protocols, retreat availability, and online participation for directed retreats here.
Please note that at this time we are not able to open the Jesuit Center for day or overnight visitors beyond the limited numbers of registered retreatants. This means that for the time being, Masses at the Jesuit Center will remain closed to the public, and ongoing directees will meet with their directors via telecommunication or outdoors.
• We are accepting reservations for all JCSG-hosted retreats and programs through August 2021. You may register for these through our website or by contacting our Registrar, Melinda Leonowitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-670-3642.
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Yours in Christ,
Br. Christopher Derby, SJ
• We hope to welcome hosted groups (subject to size limitations and safety protocols) starting September 1, 2020. To inquire about bringing your group to the Jesuit Center, please contact our Coordinator of Hosted Groups, Alisha Forcinio, at email@example.com or 610-670-3668.
• We are not presently able to host private retreatants, but we are keeping a list of such requests. For inquiries about making retreat privately at the Jesuit Center this fall, please contact the Assistant to the Registrar, Andrew Dotter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-670-3655.
• While the public may not access the building, we do permit some people to walk the grounds. If you would like to walk on the property, please contact our Facilities Director, Fr. Tom Kuller, SJ, at 610-670-3601 for permission.
We fervently pray that the public health situation will allow us to be as welcoming as possible in the months to come. May the Spirit of God continue to enliven all of us through the coming year, focusing and intensifying our gratitude for the wonderful gift of this “house of bread” and the men and women who have served and continue to serve here. St. Ignatius Loyola—pray for us.