Eastern Point Welcomes Back Retreatants

After the first phase of a comprehensive renovation of the famed oceanfront facility, Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Mass., reopened this fall, welcoming friends and retreatants back to the incomparable location that so many have called their spiritual home over the years.

Highlighting the work was the total transformation of the living quarters for Eastern Point retreatants. Over a two-year period, an existing 1960s era living space was transformed into a new three-story resident retreat wing with ocean views, private baths and many other amenities more in tune with contemporary times. In addition to the 38 new retreatant rooms, this phase of work also included a new elevator, updated space for retreat directors and administrative purposes, and numerous utility improvements.

Acquired by the Society of Jesus in 1958, the retreat house is renowned for its full commitment to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. In the past five years, more than 6,000 individuals have sought greater meaning through the various directed retreats, conducted in silence, for which Eastern Point is so acclaimed. For a full list of directed retreats, weekend retreats and special retreats offered for Holy Week and other occasions, visit www.EasternPoint.org.



A formal rededication and open house was held on Nov. 12. Overseeing the ceremony were Fr. George Witt, SJ, provincial assistant for spirituality ministries, Joanne Fantini, CSJA, director of Eastern Point Retreat House, who welcomed those in attendance and Fr. Randy Sachs, SJ, who offered the re-dedication prayer.

Initial planning is already under way for the second and final phase of the renovation, focusing on the original wing of the Retreat House, which was constructed as a summer estate in the 1920s. Fundraising efforts required to support this next phase are expected to begin in 2017. For more information on how you can be involved with this important Jesuit priority, please contact Michael Franco at 617-607-2859 or email mfranco@Jesuits.org.



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