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.
Summer Internship in Retreat Direction
Public health conditions allowing, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth hopes to offer our summer 2021 internship in retreat direction to qualified candidates. This is NOT a full program of spiritual direction training, but a seminar and supervised practicum in directing prayer on Ignatian directed retreats. The Jesuit Center’s internship is primarily designed for Jesuits in formation, but others (men and women religious or lay people with comparable formation in spiritual direction, including theological training), may apply. Though there is some flexibility, the internship generally begins with a directed retreat (May 10-18, 2021 OR June 21-27, 2021, which may be extended to 7 days), continues with a seminar of about two hours a day (June 30-July 8) and offers the intern opportunities to direct one or more retreatants under supervision on a series of three (3) retreats in July. The residency arrangement can be somewhat flexible to accommodate the interns’ personal needs and schedules.
Dates: Apart from the intern’s personal retreat, the internship begins on June 30, 2021 and ends August 1, 2021.
Costs (total will vary depending on intern): personal directed retreat ($540-$720), seminar & practicum ($250), and supervision ($225 per 5-day retreat; $250 per 7-day retreat), plus room & board ($50/day, but the total number of days may vary). No payment is made until after application and acceptance.
An application process, including references, is required. To get more information and to request an application, please contact Br. Chris Derby, SJ at email@example.com or 610-670-3625. Completed applications are due April 1, 2021. Please note that registration is quite limited.
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“We cannot judge our prayer...by how we feel when we pray, but rather by how we are loving when we live.”
- Katherine Marie Dyckman, Inviting the Mystic, Supporting the Prophet:
An Introduction to Spiritual Direction