Fr. Robert M. Hussey, SJ, the Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, has decided to close the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, effective August 2021. Fr. Hussey announced his decision on 29 May 2020 in a letter to the Province. You may read Fr. Hussey’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. As much as possible in this pandemic, the Jesuit Center will be offering retreats, days of prayer, and other programs for spiritual renewal, and hosting groups, through August 2021. You can see our 2020-2021 program calendar here.
What is God is calling us to that we might achieve the end for which we are created as we live longer and more active lives? This retreat is meant to be a prayerful examination of how aging for Jesuits can be a time of flourishing, engagement, and satisfying ministry, recognizing that may well mean change and the openness to discern new futures rather than continuing in a current ministry, no matter how much enjoyed or comfortable.
• For Jesuits in mid-career, this retreat provides an opportunity to pray about your future, rather than assuming that what you are doing now you will do until you are forced by illness and circumstance to give up your ministry and head for the retirement center.
• For older Jesuits, who may be cutting back or continuing with a position you have held for many years, the retreat will allow you to prayerfully consider what God is asking for you in this time of your lives and to ponder the opportunities that God may be unfolding. Retreatants are asked to bring a copy of the Spiritual Exercises, The Constitutions, and your preferred Bible.
The format will be one preached session per day and Mass with a homily considering the theme of the retreat in the light of the daily Scripture readings. There will be opportunities for Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, and massage (for an additional fee), as well as for small group grace sharing and consultation with a Jesuit spiritual director.
Arrival is on Saturday, August 10 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. There will be a social at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and the opening of the retreat. Departure is at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 17 after the closing Mass and lunch.
Cost: $720 ($360 non-refundable deposit) - registration closed
This retreat is open ONLY to Jesuits.
After you register, you'll be instructed to make your deposit and/or pay your final cost.
Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, is Assistant for Senior Jesuits for the USA Northeast and Maryland Provinces of the Society of Jesus.
Fr. Sheehan joined the New England Province of Jesuits on August 25, 1985, made his novitiate at St. Andrew House in Boston, MA, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 18, 1994. On April 22, 2005, he professed solemn vows in the Society of Jesus. Fr. Sheehan served as Provincial of the New England Province of Jesuits from July 31, 2009 to December 2, 2014.
Fr. Sheehan was born on April 18, 1956 in Marshfield, MA, and graduated from Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA in 1974, Dartmouth College in 1978, and Dartmouth Medical School in 1981. He trained in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital from 1981-1984 and received further training in Geriatrics from the Harvard Geriatric Fellowship Program from 1989-1991. Fr. Sheehan received an M.A. in Philosophy/Health Care Ethics in 1989 from Loyola University of Chicago and an M. Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA in 1994. In 2017, Fr. Sheehan received an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters from John Carroll University.
From 1991-1995, Fr. Sheehan was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician and Director of Geriatric Consultation Services at Beth Israel Hospital. In 1995, Fr. Sheehan moved to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. From 1992-1995, Fr. Sheehan was the recipient of a Brookdale Foundation Fellowship in Geriatrics, and from 1999 to 2001, Fr. Sheehan received a faculty fellowship from the Project on Death in America and developed the Recovering Our Traditions curriculum, aimed at improved end-of-life care in the Catholic community.
Dr. Sheehan’s activities at Loyola University included administrative, teaching, and curricular development work in his role as Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Ralph P. Leischner, Jr. Institute for Medical Education. He had a practice in geriatric medicine along with his work in end-of-life care and improving palliative care, especially in Catholic healthcare. Fr. Sheehan was named one of Chicago’s Top Doctors yearly from 2002-2010. In 2007, Fr. Sheehan was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Bon Secours Mercy Health System.
August 10-17, 2019
A Future Full of Hope:
A Jesuit Retreat on Midlife and Beyond
– Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, Assistant for Senior Jesuits for the USA Northeast and Maryland Provinces of the Society of Jesus