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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.


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

or 610-670-3642.


Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction

Meet Our Staff:

Dedicated, compassionate, experienced...

Just some of the words that describe our staff.

Please meet them by clicking on their name.



Christopher Derby, SJ, Executive Director


Susan Baker


Andrew Dotter


Alisha Forcinio


Frank Kaminski, SJ


Melinda Leonowitz


Anita Wood



Associate DIrectors


Board of Trustees