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 2020 retreats are strictly limited to accommodate COVID-19 health & safety protocols. In-house spaces for the Province preached retreat will be filled in order of deposit dates, along with consideration given to our health and safety protocols and each Jesuit retreatant’s overall health and risk factors.
If available in-house retreat spaces fill, or if you are unable to attend in-house due to health concerns or travel restrictions in your community, please consider attending the retreat virtually via Zoom. A virtual retreat operates 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, you will receive an email with a link to the ZOOM retreat sessions, along with instructions and a schedule for your participation.
During your retreat, you will be welcomed to Tom Massaro’s retreat talks and he in-house community as part of the opening session on August 8. You will be welcome to participate in daily Mass, any prayer services, and the retreat’s closing Mass and sharing of graces on August 15. We will also provide videos of our beautiful campus for virtual walking, prayer, and reflection on the grounds.
We may be physically distanced, but we can be spiritually connected!
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).
Guided Retreats > Preached Retreat for Jesuits Only Page 2
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.