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In addition to the retreats and programs offered by our Spiritual Growth staff, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth welcomes Catholic and other ecumenical groups who are looking for a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.


Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding

and my entire will,

All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace,

That is enough for me.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

Anita Wood brings to the Jesuit Center staff a varied background of teaching, music, religious education, married life, and twenty years of spiritual direction practice with both Catholics and Protestants.  Her favorite years were spent at Boston College for her Master’s in Religious Education.  Having taught elementary and special education with students in both public and Catholic schools, Anita eventually moved on to being a Director of Religious Education in several Catholic parishes around the country.  She most of all loved engaging families through a creative intergenerational process.  Studying spiritual direction at Shalem Institute, an ecumenical program with a strong contemplative approach, Anita’s ministry continued to evolve as she created her own small business, Gloria Dei, which means “the Glory of God,” doing spiritual direction and retreat work in the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware.  Always drawn toward Ignatian spirituality (having gone on retreat at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville since the 1980’s), Anita also completed courses of study at the Jesuit Center, specializing in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Anita has been directing people on retreat at the Center for many years as a guest director.  Anita also received a certificate in supervision of spiritual directors from Neumann University, and ever learning, she is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Lancaster Theological Seminary, with a special interest in spiritual growth in small group settings and the theology of Teilhard de Chardin.




Anita Wood

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Meet Our Staff:

Dedicated, compassionate, experienced...

Just some of the words that describe our staff.

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Christopher Derby, SJ, Executive Director


Andrew Dotter


Alisha Forcinio


Frank Kaminski, SJ


Melinda Leonowitz


Anita Wood




Associate DIrectors


Board of Trustees