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.
Sunday, June 14- Friday, June 19, 2020 - Cancelled
Ignatian Leadership for Mission: Rooted in the Graces of the Exercises
About the ILM Retreat: The Ignatian Leadership for Mission (ILM) Retreat focuses on the graces of gratitude, healing, call, and co-laboring. The retreat format combines presentation, silent prayer and reflection, and group faith sharing. The retreat is open to lay men and women, Jesuits and other religious.
Gratitude: To understand and rejoice gratefully in who we are – and who we are called to become – by God’s gracious and loving desire and design.
Healing: Grateful joy in the realization of God’s unfailingly, steadfast and forgiving love, and revealed in Christ crucified, before whom Ignatius asks, “What have I done? What am I doing? What shall I do?”
Call: The enthusiastic desire and determination to join God and Christ in overcoming the powers of darkness, so that the light of truth and love, justice and peace might shine in our world.
Co-Laboring: To live and labor lovingly as the hands and feet, heads and hearts, of the risen Lord living and laboring in us, his Ignatian companions, Lay and Jesuit, on mission together.
Arrival is on Sunday between 3:00 & 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and the opening session;
departure is on Friday at 2:00 PM.
Cost is $450 ($225 non-refundable deposit).
The Ignatian Leadership for Mission (ILM) Retreats are co-sponsored by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus and the Jesuit retreat centers hosting the 2020 retreats.