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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.


Originally starting at the Jesuit Center as an intern, Andrew Dotter began his full-time position as Assistant to the Registrar in fall 2018.  The new position finds him helping Melinda Leonowitz with registrations and payments, as well as assisting other staff members with retreat work.  Visitors and retreatants frequently encounter Andrew welcoming them in our reception area.  Andrew is also an avid photographer whose photos appear on the Center’s website.


Andrew graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Alvernia University in May of 2018.  During his time at Alvernia, Andrew was an active member of the school newspaper, and his writing has appeared in several local publications, such as BCTV.org and Berks County Living, as well as on the Jesuit Center’s website.




Andrew Dotter, Assistant to the Registrar

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Meet Our Staff:

Dedicated, compassionate, experienced...

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Christopher Derby, SJ, Executive Director


Susan Baker


Andrew Dotter


Alisha Forcinio


Frank Kaminski, SJ


Melinda Leonowitz


Anita Wood



Associate DIrectors


Board of Trustees