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.
Take Nothing for the Journey? Packing for the Year Ahead
A Day of Prayer for the New Year with Ms. Christine Eberle
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Here we are, one week into a new year. The heady time of resolution-making has passed, but 2020 still stretches out ahead of us like an open road. What do we need to bring with us? What should we leave behind? In this day of recollection we will pray with Scripture—from Genesis to the Gospels—as well as the writings of Annie Dillard, Barbara Kingsolver, and Cheryl Strayed. Together we will ponder what attitudes, relationships, dreams, commitments, and even possessions we want to carry with us into the new year, that we may travel lightly, responsive to God’s call.
Arrival: 9:00 – 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 9:30 AM and will include input from Christine, opportunities for quiet prayer and reflection, Mass, and lunch. The program will conclude at 3:00 PM.
Cost: $50 ($25 non-refundable deposit)
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Ms. Christine Eberle
Freelance writer, retreat facilitator, and public speaker Christine Eberle is the author of Finding God in Ordinary Time, a collection of daily meditations based on true stories (Green Writers Press, 2018). Her 26-year career as a college campus minister gave Christine ample practice asking her favorite question — Where is God in all this? —and listening for answers in surprising places.
Beyond her retreat work, Christine performs dramatic monologues of women in Scripture, serves as adjunct faculty in religious studies at Gwynedd Mercy University, and cantors for her parish. She is a passionate explorer of the connections between Scripture, spirituality, and everyday life. You can follow her at https://christine-marie-eberle.com/