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 2020-2021 program calendar here.
As the biggest meeting space at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, the Auditorium is frequently used by the school groups that visit the Center, along with serving as the location of Mass on directed retreats throughout the year. Back in early spring 2019, the Auditorium got a fresh update in the form of new artwork. Framed reproductions of paintings of the Stations of the Cross now dot the walls of the Auditorium. The reproductions were donated by Ms. Dee Kittany, choral music teacher and former Director of Campus Ministry at Xavier High School in Manhattan. The idea for using this donation in the Auditorium came from Fr. Brian Konzman, SJ, a Maryland Province Jesuit who interned at the Center. The Stations are reproductions of paintings by artist Carolyn Gates. Plan a visit the Center to take a look at these beautiful new additions!
By Andrew Dotter, Assistant to the Registrar