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.
In-house retreat spaces for our summer and fall 2020 retreats and programs are strictly limited to accommodate COVID-19 health & safety protocols. When available, in-house spaces will be filled in order of deposit dates, along with consideration given to our health and safety protocols and each retreatant’s overall health and risk factors. Due to these limitations, we have added options for VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION in retreats and days of prayer:
If available in-house retreat spaces fill, or if you are unable to attend a directed retreat in-house due to health concerns or travel restrictions in your community, please consider attending one of our retreats online. Our virtual retreats operate much as if you were here, using Zoom and YouTube to bring you into the retreat experience while you shelter in place. You do not have to be especially tech-savvy to participate in a retreat through virtual means. Prior to your retreat start, we will email you with a link to the ZOOM retreat direction sessions, along with instructions and a schedule for your participation.
During your retreat, your retreat director will welcome you individually and you will also be welcomed to the retreat and the praying community as part of the opening prayer session. You will meet individually with your director each day via Zoom or telephone for daily spiritual direction. You will be welcome to participate via Zoom in daily Mass, any prayer services, and the retreat’s closing Mass and sharing of graces. We also provide videos of our sacred grounds for prayer and reflection (see below).
We may be physically distanced, but we can be spiritually connected!
Spiritual Growth | Virtual Participation
Days of Prayer:
We plan to offer Days of Prayer this fall and winter for online participation only. A virtual Day of Prayer includes:
• an orientation meeting via Zoom
• presentations and communal prayer live-streamed on our YouTube channel
• opportunities for quiet reflection and prayer
• sharing of graces via Zoom
The technology brings you into the retreat experience and the praying community while you shelter in place. You do not have to be especially tech-savvy to participate in a Day of Prayer through virtual means. Prior to the Day of Prayer, we will email you with instructions, links to the Zoom and YouTube experiences, and a schedule for your participation, and handouts. We also provide videos of our beautiful campus for virtual walking, prayer, and reflection on the grounds (see below).
Videos of the Jesuit Center grounds for Prayer and Reflection:
Click to view on YouTube: