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.
This retreat explores the connection between the 12 Steps and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It will help develop a self-reflective spiritual path rooted in the 12 Steps and shaped by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
Logistical details for weekend:
Arrival is on Friday, September 27 between 4:00 & 5:45 PM.
Dinner and the opening session follow.
Departure is on Sunday, September 29 after lunch.
Weekend cost: $200/non-refundable deposit: $100
Some scholarship assistance is available.
Arrival is on Saturday, September 28 between 8:30 & 9:00 AM.
Lunch and dinner are included.
Departure after the evening session.
Day cost: $100/non-refundable deposit: $50
For more information and to register: www.jesuitcenter.org;
Melinda Leonowitz at email@example.com or 610670-3642.
Retreat questions? Please contact a committee member:
Mike D – 610-823-0353 Mike R – 610-373-3061
After you register, you'll be instructed to make your deposit and/or pay your final cost.
Fr. Bob Pecoraro, SJ
Fr. Bob Pecoraro, SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2000, at the age of thirty-three. He holds Master’s degrees in Applied Philosophy, Divinity, Spirituality, and Educational Leadership. Fr. Pecoraro has spent much of his time working in secondary education as Vice-President of Mission and Identity at Canisius High School, President of Xavier High School in Chuuk, Micronesia and as the current President of Cheverus High School, the Jesuit high school in Portland, Maine. Since 2001 Fr. Pecoraro has also been a spiritual director focusing on Ignatian Spirituality and directing various retreats.
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September 27-29, 2019
2nd Annual Weekend Retreat for Men in Recovery
– Fr. Bob Pecoraro, SJ
“The 12 Steps and the Spiritual Exercises
of St. Ignatius Loyola”
On a rainy day in November of 1940, Fr. Ed Dowling SJ and Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, struck an unlikely friendship.
“It was 10 p.m. The doorbell rang. Tom, the Club's maintenance man, said there was "some bum from St. Louis" to see him. Reluctantly, Bill said, "Send him up." To himself, he muttered, "Not another drunk."
But Bill welcomed the stranger, all the same. As the man shuffled to a wooden chair opposite the bed and sat down, his black raincoat fell open, revealing a Roman collar.
"I'm Father Ed Dowling from St. Louis," he said. "A Jesuit friend and I have been struck by the similarity of the AA twelve steps and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius."
"Never heard of them."
---From Fr. Ed Dowling and AA’s Bill W. by Robert Fitzgerald SJ
For twenty years, Bill and Fr. Ed remained the closest of friends. This spiritual friendship often sustained Bill in difficult times.