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 2021 program calendar here.
Fr. Frank Kaminski, SJ comes to the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth from the Office of Ignatian Spirituality (OIS) for the Maryland and Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, where he was the Director of Hispanic Ministry. Fr. Kaminski began to develop his interest in Ignatian spirituality during his years in Chile, where he worked for more than 10 years with the Christian Life Community (a world-wide community of lay men and women who follow the Ignatian path in their daily lives). Back in the United States, he joined the Jesuit Urban Service Team (JUST) forming an Ignatian community of faith in the predominantly Latino neighborhoods of North Camden, NJ.
Beginning in 2000, Fr. Kaminski was missioned to Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House in Faulkner, MD, where he offered spiritual direction and directed numerous retreats for 15 years. At the beginning of 2016, he assumed his position in the OIS, and in January of this year joined the staff here in Wernersville. Throughout Fr. Kaminski’s Jesuit life, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius have been at the heart of his ministry. He hopes that in his present work he will be able to share with many what he feels is a primary work of the Society of Jesus.
Frank Kaminski, SJ
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