The Jesuit Center: Coming to Life

When the Jesuit Center opens later this year, the priests, brothers and scholastics and lay colleagues moving into the new space on Manhattan’s 83rd Street will find a completely renovated living and apostolic space, built to enhance the ways the Jesuits respond to today’s critical needs.

The St. Ignatius Loyola community, located within the Jesuit Center, will be a residence that is tailored to suit modern needs of Jesuit life, yet firmly rooted in prayer, discernment and community living—cornerstones of the Society of Jesus. This home for 20 priests, brothers and scholastics will feature new bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, an open layout dining space and kitchen area, and a beautiful chapel for Mass and daily prayer.

The administrative spaces on the first and second floors will feature upgrades that will foster greater partnerships among Jesuit ministries throughout the region and enhance collaboration among Jesuits and lay partners. With the creation of the USA East Province in 2020, these offices will eventually house more than 40 staff members who guide Jesuit ministries from Maine to Georgia.


The future home of the Jesuit community chapel within the Jesuit Center.
The Jesuit Center Campaign launched last fall, with momentum quickly gathering among committee members, staff and generous donors who helped this fundraising effort gain an incredible start.

Shortly after the start of the New Year, Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province, announced that John C. Meditz, campaign co-chair, had pledged a very generous $2.5 million lead gift. One week later, Mario Gabelli and his wife, Regina Pitaro, visited The Jesuit Center and committed to a $500,000 gift for The Gabelli Conference Room on the center’s first floor.

“Both of these outstanding leadership gifts inspire us, will ensure our continued success, and will help us engage more donors in support of this critical work for the province,” said Fr. James F. Keenan, SJ, campaign co-chair.

To date, The Jesuit Center Campaign has raised more than $3.5 million in cash and pledges.


Dan Denihan, co-chair, attends a Mass and dinner held at the Xavier Jesuit Community.
In January, members of the Jesuit Center campaign committee gathered at the Xavier Jesuit Community on New York’s 16th Street to celebrate Mass with Fr. Cecero, SJ, and many of the priests, brothers and scholastics who live there. At the event, committee members and guests toured the residence, which, after consultation with the Jesuits who live there, was designed by architectural firm Beyer, Blinder and Belle. The residence reopened in 2014, and the Jesuit Center has been designed by the same firm.

“It is incredible to see the way this campaign has engaged those in this room, and so many others we are reaching out to,” Dan Denihan, campaign co-chair, said at the January dinner. “This is a real opportunity to help enhance the work of the Society of Jesus and to help the Jesuits, who give so much and rarely, if ever, ask for anything in return.”

Throughout the winter, drywall was added to rooms on most floors within The Jesuit Center. Plumbing outlets are being installed throughout the residential sections, and workers have finished shaping and drying the curved ceiling which will adorn the community chapel space and surrounding rooms.

For more information on the Jesuit Center, including construction updates, naming and endowment opportunities, and ways to support this important project, visit www. JesuitCenterCampaign.org.

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