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.
As the biggest meeting space at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, the Auditorium is frequently used by the school groups that visit the Center, along with serving as the location of Mass on directed retreats throughout the year. Back in early spring 2019, the Auditorium got a fresh update in the form of new artwork. Framed reproductions of paintings of the Stations of the Cross now dot the walls of the Auditorium. The reproductions were donated by Ms. Dee Kittany, choral music teacher and former Director of Campus Ministry at Xavier High School in Manhattan. The idea for using this donation in the Auditorium came from Fr. Brian Konzman, SJ, a Maryland Province Jesuit who interned at the Center. The Stations are reproductions of paintings by artist Carolyn Gates. Plan a visit the Center to take a look at these beautiful new additions!
By Andrew Dotter, Assistant to the Registrar