In a letter dated 29 May 2020, the Provincial of the former Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus announced his decision to close the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, effective August 2021. You may read the Provincial’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. The Jesuit Center will continue to offer retreats and other programs for spiritual renewal, and to host groups, through August 2021. You can see our 2020-2021 program calendar here.
About the Presenters:
Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, has served as a teacher, spiritual director, retreat director, and supervisor for over thirty years. Kathleen holds a Doctor of Ministry from the Toronto School of Theology and a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA in Spiritual Direction and Supervision. Kathleen has been an adjunct faculty member for the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha for over twenty years and serves on the Spiritual Direction Formation Team at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia. She has given conferences and directed retreats in the US, Canada, the Philippines, Ireland, and the Caribbean.
Susan Baker has experience as an educator, administrator and retreat/spiritual director as well as in the formation of others in spiritual direction within the Ignatian tradition. She holds Masters’ degrees in English and Spiritual Direction/Holistic Spirituality. Susan was on the staff of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Wernersville, PA for twenty-five years and served as Director for ten of those years.
For Experienced Directors and Supervisors
Postponed to later date in 2020-2021. Watch this page for updates.
Supervision of Spiritual Directors Practicum
with Kathleen McAlpin, RSM and Susan Baker
The Supervision of Spiritual Directors Practicum is offered to experienced spiritual directors and supervisors who want to deepen their understanding of a contemplative and discerning approach to supervision. The practicum is designed to provide an experience for spiritual directors to discern their call to the ministry of supervision and to affirm and strengthen their competencies in this ministry.
About the Practicum:
The goal of the practicum is to enable the supervisor to facilitate the ministry of spiritual directors so that directees recognize and integrate God's presence and direction in every aspect of their lives. Through contemplative supervision and discernment, the supervisor grows in a deeper awareness of responses to a perceived presence or absence of God in the ministry of spiritual direction. Through this contemplative stance the supervisor grows in the gifts and competencies of the ministry of supervision.
The practicum will begin with dinner on Thursday, May 6, 2020, and conclude with lunch on Saturday, May 9. The cost is $450 including lodging, meals, program and handout materials.
Contact Lisa Hastings at firstname.lastname@example.org.