At the Jesuit Center, we deliberately keep our programs affordable. We offer scholarships to retreatants who cannot afford even our modest fees, and we welcome economically-challenged folks from the inner city. We hope you join us for this very important fundraising event!
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In July 2016, Chris Derby, a Northeast Province Jesuit Brother, joined the Jesuit Center staff as a spiritual director. As a Jesuit novice, Chris made his first 30-day retreat here at Wernersville and has returned many times as a retreatant. He is a founding member of the Ignatian Schola, a musical ensemble comprising Jesuits and colleagues, rooted in Ignatian spiritualty, which performs extensively at Jesuit spirituality-related events on the East Coast.
Before being assigned to the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, Chris primarily worked in middle and secondary education at Nativity Mission Center and Xavier High School in NYC and Canisius High School in Buffalo. He taught English, religion and art, directed plays and musicals, and assisted in campus ministry with retreats, reflection programs and service immersion trips. For five years, Chris served as Director of Vocations for the New York & Maryland Provinces of the Society of Jesus. Chris earned his B.A. in Religion at Kenyon College and holds Master’s degrees in English (Fordham) and Theological Studies (Boston College STM).
Christopher Derby, SJ, Executive Director
Spiritual Growth | Christopher Derby, SJ
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