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June 2017

Posted June 01, 2017 in Press Releases

Dear Friend of Jesuit Retreat House,

In this beautiful season of spring and new life, we pray that your lives are blessed with hope and possibility. At JRH, we are looking forward with much gratitude to the completion of our new addition and will begin to use the building in the latter part of July. Most importantly, we are realizing the vision and dream since the turn of this century to better serve more people with the gift of our Ignatian spirituality. We will have greatly improved accessibility for all and the capacity to host multiple programs at the same time. We will be doing the needed renovation and updating of our current building through this summer as well as next summer, and further work to enhance our grounds and trails.

I wish to extend our deep gratitude to Martha Campbell, the founding director of our Lay Leadership Program since 2010. After a careful process of discernment, she will resign as of June 30, and sustain a collaborative relationship with JRH. Martha led the development of a foundation of outreach programs that bring Ignatian spirituality to parishes, faith communities and other institutions. These programs are flourishing, receive excellent evaluations and are supported by over 50 lay leaders. More information on these programs is enclosed. Lay Leadership will be led by a new Program Director who will also support overall program development at JRH.

To guide the mission and ministries of JRH in this new era, our Board completed a new strategic plan this past March. We are very hopeful about faithfully serving people who have come to JRH for many years as well as reaching new audiences of different ages with relevant, inspiring and life-giving retreats and programs.

In this issue we also feature highlights from our Hearts on Fire annual awards and fundraising event held on May 12. At this event, we began the public phase of our Capital Campaign: “To Journey, To Build, To Profess” with the announcement of a $400,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor. All donations to the building campaign between now and December 31 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $400,000. To those of you who have pledged or donated to our capital campaign, we offer our deepest thanks. For those who have not yet had the opportunity to participate, prayerfully consider how you can best express your care and support for JRH. We have reached 72% of our $8 million goal, and the final steps are essential for a successful outcome. We would be happy to meet and talk further with you about our campaign. And please pray for all of our JRH efforts in this time!

God be with you,

Richard S. Krivanka, Executive Director


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