Dear Friend of the Jesuit Retreat House, It has been an exciting year at the Jesuit Retreat House! The new addition, after many years of prayer, planning and hard work, is now open. We are living into the dream of better serving far more people than ever before in the spirit of Ignatian spirituality. We feel very blessed to have played a part in the significant expansion of our capabilities and our facility.
In this time of new hope, change and expansion, it is more important than ever to remember our mission, and remain focused on providing programs and retreats to bring people to a deeper encounter with God. As one inspiring example for which we are very grateful, we host 3-4 day Kairos high school retreats that provide opportunities for students to contemplate God’s role in their lives and to deepen their relationship with God.
Today, young people, and all people, face increasing stresses and demands vying for their attention. They need a place that offers time for inner peace and reflection, and they find it here. As one retreatant told us, “I feel overwhelming serenity and calm and peace when I enter here – just driving in…my life is so fast paced outside.” In the words of Fr. Robert Welsh, S.J., “This is a place where people fall in love with Christ.” These reflections convey a profound insight into the impact that retreats rooted in the Ignatian tradition have been having on our community for the past 119 years.
We are committed to affordability and retreat fees do not cover all of our operating costs. We humbly rely on donors such as you for the funds to sustain and grow JRH. Your participation in the Annual Appeal is essential and will have a direct impact on our continued offering of vital retreats and programs. Based upon our planning to best utilize our expanded facility, we would like to present a few of our needs for your consideration and support at this time.
• Provide more programs that our community has come to enjoy and depend upon, and add new options for married couples, young adults, people in specific occupations, and more.
• Invest in technology that will help us meet the needs of our retreatants more efficiently and effectively in website registration, hospitality and guest satisfaction.
• Replace laundry equipment that can no longer be adequately repaired.
• Expand our staff resources to support growing services and enhance guest hospitality.
The spirituality of St. Ignatius calls forth gratitude. Please know that we are ever grateful for your friendship and support, which provides men and women of all ages with life changing opportunities. Thank you for whatever you are able to give. We continue to pray for your needs and your loved ones each day. God be with you,
Richard S. Krivanka, Executive Director