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.
A new addition to the Jesuit Center in the summer 2019 is our Butterfly Garden. Located inside our Grove (in the corner near Hain’s cemetery), the garden features a variety of butterfly-attracting annuals and perennials such as milkweed and lantana. The idea for the garden came from Donna Rees, an avid butterfly fan, and her husband Pat. Together, the couple, along with some help from the Jesuit Center Maintenance Staff led by Rafael Gomez, planned out the area, planted the flowers, and mulched the entire garden. The garden provides an environment to encourage beneficial insects, as well as another food supply for birds. Plan a visit to the Center to see how many different species of butterflies you can spot when the warm weather comes!
By Andrew Dotter, Assistant to the Registrar