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.
The inspiring life and writings of Servant of God Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991) will provide the focus of this guided retreat, sponsored by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Eastern Province of the Society of Jesus.
Pedro Arrupe has inspired generations of Jesuits toward apostolic renewal, faithfulness to mission, and dedication to social justice. His life and legacy are promising foci for our prayer as well. Following the contours of the Spiritual Exercises, the format of this retreat includes one preached session each morning and then a late afternoon Mass featuring a homily based on themes from the retreat. Retreatants will receive a copy of Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings (edited by Kevin Burke, SJ, and published in 2004 by Orbis Books) to supplement the retreat experience.
Arrival is on Saturday, August 8 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. There will be a social at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and the opening of the retreat. Departure is at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 15 after the closing Mass and lunch.
Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, in-house retreat spaces are strictly limited to accommodate our health & safety protocols. Jesuits are welcome to choose virtual participation in the Province preached retreat this summer. For more information on virtual participation in the Province retreat, please look here.
This retreat is open ONLY to Jesuits.
Cost: $720 ($360 non-refundable deposit).
Viritual Participation Cost: $360, due one week prior to retreat start date (no deposit necessary).
After you register, you'll be instructed to make your deposit and/or pay your final cost.
Thomas Massaro, SJ
Fr. Thomas Massaro, SJ, entered the Society of Jesus in Boston in 1983. He received a doctorate in Christian social ethics from Emory University in 1997 and has served as Professor of Moral Theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and currently, Fordham University. He writes and lectures frequently on Catholic social teaching and American public life. His latest book is Mercy in Action: The Social Teachings of Pope Francis (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).
August 8-15, 2020
Preached Retreat for Jesuits Only
“A Mysticism of Open Eyes:
Praying with Servant of God Pedro Arrupe”
with Fr. Thomas Massaro, S.J.