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.
For admission into a certificate program for spiritual directors years ago, I had to write a spiritual autobiography. That challenging assignment broke open for me a realization that what I had once named as detours in my vocation story were actually, every one, experiences of interconnected, unfolding grace. I could more clearly see how God was at work and used what attracted me and grabbed my soul—prayer, stillness, service, meaningful relationships, beauty in all its forms—to draw me to become a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM – Scranton). My deep longing to belong to something larger than myself and to live in ways that make a difference have found a home in this way of living religious life.
I’m learning to live my call as an IHM Sister by witnessing, however imperfectly, to the unconditional, unwavering love of God for all people. I’m learning to practice a spaciousness of heart expressed in hospitality and joyful, loving service. I hope to be transformed by deep listening to the voices of others, especially those who are poor and marginalized, and by serving, with my own brokenness and limitations, as a field of healing presence for our beautiful yet wounded world.
"My deep longing to belong to something larger than myself and to live in ways that make a difference have found a home in this way of living religious life."
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Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM