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.
O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1)
We thirst for God: we desire to grow in our relationship with the Lord of Life. Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry of the Christian community; its purpose is to help individuals deepen their relationship with God. It is a ministry that the staff and associate staff of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth offer individuals who want to grow spiritually and who are seeking companionship in their spiritual journey. The director helps the directee to look honestly at her/his relationship with God and to notice and respond to God’s communication in prayer and life experiences. The focus on the directee’s experiences of God distinguishes spiritual direction from psychological counseling and therapy. We enjoy providing spiritual direction and consider it a vital part of our ministry here at the Center, both in the context of retreats and as an ongoing practice. Our directors are well experienced in companioning individuals of various faith traditions.
For more information please contact Melinda Leonowitz at Mleonowitz@jesuitcenter.org
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