By Richard Meek
The Catholic Commentator
The trustees of St. Joseph Spirituality Center and the Sisters of St. Joseph who sponsor the center announced it will cease operations June 30.
The center was opened 35 years ago out of the need for spiritual opportunities that were not being provided by anyone else, executive director Dianne Hanley said in a letter. She added that need changed as parishes and other organizations began providing more spiritual programs and opportunities, and because of that shift, the main work of the center became spiritual direction.
Hanley said the board realizes that some things, like the ministry of spiritual direction, can, and will likely, continue although in a different way, including center staff spiritual directors seeing their current and future directees in private practice.
“We all hold in our hearts deep gratitude for the Spirituality Center which has provided precious and wonderful ministries that have touched and changed thousands of people during these past 35 years,,” said Hanley, expressing appreciation for founder Sister Lynda Champagne CSJ and all who helped make the center grow. “We look forward with hope to the way that you will continue to grow in and share God’s love with others.
“The rich and extensive heritage of the center will be honored and celebrated when it concludes.”
Programs planned through June will go on as scheduled.
Visit stjocenter.org to learn more about those programs.