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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.


Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.

Dr. Thomas Bachhuber is President of the Board and Executive Director of The Center for Life Transitions, Inc. His LifeSHIFT: Work and the Christian Journey weekend retreat is offered throughout the country, combining career/work/retirement planning with spiritual exploration.


Tom was Director of the Career Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and also the University of Maryland-College Park.  He held an Adjunct Faculty position in UWM’s Educational Psychology Department. As a consultant, he provided training, research and recruitment strategies for Fortune 500 companies like Merck, Phizer, Kraft Foods, Deloitte and Touche, Pepsi Cola Bottling and Goldman Sachs.  


Dr. Bachhuber’s published books include Directions: a Guide to Career Planning (Houghton-Mifflin), A Parent’s Guide to Helping Their Children with Educational and Career Decisions (Abbey Press) and three editions of the The Best Graduate Business Schools (Macmillan/Simon Schuster).


Tom was an elder at North Branch Reformed Church in North Branch, New Jersey,  where he counseled seminarians  and led workshops at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He is presently on the leadership team in establishing the Ignatian Volunteer Corps-Milwaukee, which provides volunteer service opportunities and spiritual formation for retired adults.


Tom’s  Doctorate and Masters in Counseling are from the University of Virginia.