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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.


Spiritual Growth | Susan Baker

Meet Our Staff:

Dedicated, compassionate, experienced...

Just some of the words that describe our staff.

Please meet them by clicking on their name.



Christopher Derby, SJ, Executive Director


Susan Baker


Andrew Dotter


Alisha Forcinio


Frank Kaminski, SJ


Melinda Leonowitz


Anita Wood



Associate DIrectors


Board of Trustees

Susan Baker served as a full-time member of the Jesuit Center’s program and directing staff for twenty-four years and as Director for ten years.  After a year’s sojourn in the California desert, Susan has returned to the Program staff in a part-time capacity, engaged in spiritual direction and retreat ministry.  Susan holds a Master's degree in English from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill College.  Prior to her ministerial experience at the Jesuit Center, Susan was involved in the fields of elementary and secondary education for twenty-five years.  Susan lives in the Wernersville area.