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.
Mar 23 – 25, 2018
“Standing on the Edge of Holy Week” Weekend Retreat
– Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM
During this week we call “holy,” we remember with profound tenderness the suffering and death of Jesus not only in history, but in Jesus as he lives today in the crucified peoples of our world. How might we ready our hearts to walk with Jesus in his journey to Calvary here and now? What insights will these sacred days offer us towards a theology of remaining and accompaniment? How might this weekend lead us to greater largeness of heart as Jesus acts in us and in our desire for the healing and transformation of our beautiful, yet wounded world? As we carry within us all that our world loves, pursues, and suffers, we will be invited into prayer, presentation, reflection, and times of stillness and conversation. The retreat includes opportunities for liturgy, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Stations of the Cross. All are welcome.
Arrival is on Friday between 4:00 & 5:45 PM, followed by dinner and the opening session; departure on Sunday is at 2:00 PM.
Cost is $200 ($100 non-refundable deposit).
Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM
Chris Koellhoffer, a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, engages in Mobile Spirituality Ministry, offering retreats, presentations, and enrichment programs on the road. Her worldview has been profoundly shaped by people on the margins and by the power of story and the arts. Chris’ background is in communications and spirituality, with professional experience in education, communications, justice work, and leadership.
Chris is also a spiritual director and author of several books. She serves as a regular contributor to Living Faith and Creative Communications for the Parish. Visit her blog, Mining the Now, at chriskoellhofferihm.org
"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of himself."
- Saint Teresa of Calcutta