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Did You Know?

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

The Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded nearly 500 years ago by the soldier-turned-mystic, St. Ignatius Loyola.  Most people call the members of the Society “Jesuits.”

 

The Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth shares its space with the Jesuit Community of the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues.  Some of the resident Jesuits are retired, while others are active in the community as hospital and prison chaplains, parish ministry ministers, or staff members of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth.

 

Many of the now-retired Jesuits arrived at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues as fresh young men, full of fire, eager to conquer the world as Jesuits.  They taught in colleges and prep schools, served as military chaplains in Vietnam, or were pastors in parishes.  Many were missionaries in India, Philippines, and Chile or to the American Indians out west.  Others dedicated their lives to the daily operation of Jesuit institutions or the Jesuit Curia itself.  After leading full lives, they have returned to their first Jesuit home.

 

Many Jesuits of the Maryland province are buried in the Jesuit cemetery at the bottom of the hill, southeast of the Center.  Among them lies Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ, whose writings and prayers have touched the lives of so many faithful people.  You are always welcome to pray in this holy site.

 

The Jesuit Community has opened its doors and extended its invitation to be a place of spiritual sustenance for those who seek peace within: “Come away and rest awhile.”

 

You can learn more about the Jesuits and the Society of Jesus, by visiting www.jesuits.org.

 

 

Dedicated to the "greater glory of God"

and the good of all humanity.

What if I were a Jesuit

To a young man who wishes to

 

   be a Jesuit, I would say:

 

Come if serving Christ is at the

 

   very center of your life,

 

Come if you have broad and

 

   sufficiently strong shoulders,

 

Come if you have an open spirit,

 

   a reasonably open mind,

 

   and a heart larger than the world.

 

Come if you know how to tell a joke

 

   and can laugh with others

 

   and...on occasions you can laugh at yourself.

 

 

— Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Jesuit Community