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.
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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