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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.


“Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD;

as certain as the dawn is his coming,

and his judgment shines forth like the light of day!

He will come to us like the rain,

like spring rain that waters the earth.”



I heard these words from the book of the prophet Hosea at Mass on Saturday, March 21, and knew I had found the title for this series of reflections.  Each week as spring progresses, the staff of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth and the Jesuits of the St. Isaac Jogues Jesuit Community plan to offer a brief reflection drawn from our own prayer, to be accompanied by photographs taken here on the ground this spring and in previous springs.  Our hope is to offer you some consolation—that is, some slight increase in faith, hope, or love—to help sustain your spirit amidst these challenging days.  Somehow, in ways that we may not always understand, our God is beckoning us forward, to continue our journey even as we “shelter in place,” to love others even as we practice “social distancing,” and to learn whatever it is God wants to teach us even when meaning proves elusive in the chaos.


Br. Christopher Derby, SJ

Executive Director




As Certain as the Dawn  



As Certain as the Dawn | Introduction

Dawn at the Jesuit Center by George W. Bur, SJ