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JRC is Celebrating 125 Years...

When the Jesuits at Saint Ignatius College in Cleveland purchased 20 acres on State Road in Parma, they imagined using the property as a place to getaway from the dirt and noise of a thriving industrial city. How could they have known the “graced history” that would unfold on these verdant wooded acres just miles from downtown.

In August 2023, Jesuit Retreat Center will begin its 125th year. Over the following 12 months, we will be celebrating the graced history that has brought us thus far – and we will imagine, with graced vision, God’s invitation to provide welcome and peace in the years ahead. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam – all for the greater glory of God.

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Jesuit Retreat Center's 125th Anniversary

Our History

In 1898, rather than a Jesuit villa house, a novitiate was built and opened for the formation of new Jesuit priests and brothers. Two years later, a large four-story building was added, a place for Jesuits from around the world to come for tertianship, their final year of formation. Not only a place for Jesuits, laymen would find welcome from the first Jesuit superior and novice master, Fr. Theodore Von Rossum, to come and experience the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. For the next 125 years, that invitation continued and expanded...

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Schedule of Events

Jesuit Retreat Center 125th Liturgy

August 19, 2023, 4:00pm

Join us and the Jesuit Midwest Provincial, Fr. Karl Kiser, SJ, as we begin the celebration of our 125th year. On August 15, 1898, Fr....

Seeing with the Heart

October 13, 2023, 5:00pm

Respected Jesuit educator and spiritual director Kevin O’Brien, SJ invites you to discover your meaning and purpose as you navigate the turbulent river of life. Based...

Ways to Contribute to Jesuit Retreat Center

Thank you for your interest in making a gift to Jesuit Retreat Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Without you and your support we could not provide the countless opportunities for prayer, reflection and discernment for thousands of individuals each year who come to JRC seeking God’s love and grace on our sacred grounds.

Annual Fund

The most direct and impactful way to support JRC is through donating to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the anchor of our yearly fundraising and helps to “bridge the gap” between the revenue received from our programming and retreats and the actual cost to hold those retreats. This year, in celebration of our 125th Anniversary – it would be a remarkable achievement if we could surpass our Annual Fund goal of $125,000!

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JRC Legacy Society

We are grateful to all those, past and present, who have chosen to support and care for Jesuit Retreat Center and our ministry with a planned gift. Naming Jesuit Retreat Center in your will, trust, life insurance policy, retirement fund or other long-term financial plans will make a profound impact on the lives of those who seek solace and spiritual growth at our retreat center.

Legal Name: Jesuit Retreat House (dba: Jesuit Retreat Center)
Address: 5629 State Road, Parma, OH 44134
Tax ID Number: 34-6558938

If you have already included Jesuit Retreat Center in your plans, it would be our honor to thank you personally for your commitment to our ministry. For more information, please contact Bill Hobbs at

JRC Legacy Society

125th Anniversary Capital Initiatives

  • Arrupe Chapel of the Sacred Heart
  • Hall of Saints
  • Outdoor Pavilion
  • Loyola Meeting Room
  • Outdoor Labyrinth
  • 1949 & 1956 Buildings Bedroom Renovations

For more information and details on these capital improvement initiatives please contact Kevin Gladstone or Bill Hobbs.

To donate, click the button below and select "Capital Improvements" in the Designations:

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Jesuit Retreat Center 1949 & 1956 guest rooms

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