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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.


Icon Writing Retreat 2021 with Jody Cole 

April 19-23, 2021

Iconographer Jody Cole returns to the Center for the 4th time to share the basic techniques, symbolism, and spirituality of icon writing (painting) through hands-on experience in approximately 24 hours of studio time.  All supplies are included in the cost of the program.  Artistic talent is not required; beginners are welcome.  After registering, participants will be guided in choosing a beginner’s icon or one more advanced (see choices to the right).  (Experienced painters and returning students may contact Jody directly at jcoleicons@aol.com to request an alternative project.)  Participation is limited to 15.  


Arrival is on Monday, April 19 between 4:00 & 5:45 PM, followed by dinner and the opening session; departure is on Friday, April 23, at 2:00 PM.  


Cost is $550 ($275 non-refundable deposit) - registration will open soon 



Program Presenter

Jody Cole


Introduced in June of 1995 to iconography, Jody Cole has discovered a way of marrying her spiritual journey with her artistic talent. Jody has been been painting since 1980, and is a graduate of King's College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) with a BA in Theater and Art. She has studied with iconographers, Vladislov Andreyev, Alexander Rosenkreuz, Peter Pearson, Valentin Streltsov, Fr. Damian Higgins, Michael Kapeluck and Xenia Pokrovsky. Jody currently conducts icon writing workshops, writes commissioned icons for churches and individuals internationally,  and lectures on the history, symbolism and technique of icon writing.

Icons for 2021:


Beginners will paint a Guardian Angel (or they can easily turn it in to Michael/Gabriel):


More advanced students can paint this version of Archangel Gabriel:

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