The building is more than 60 years old and is deteriorating rapidly. At its peak, up to 60 people lived in the six-story residence, which included just one bathroom area per floor. Built for a different way of Jesuit life, a major reconfiguration is needed to support a vibrant, prayerful and welcoming Jesuit community.
The removed space will include 16 new bedrooms, living and dining spaces, and a chapel. The project will also include seven conference center guest suites for visiting Jesuits and colleagues, alleviating unnecessary travel expenses. These vital improvements are intended to help Jesuits enjoy an environment that draws on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection.
Today, the demands on Jesuits are greater than ever. Priests, brothers and scholastics need a place they call home—to gather for prayer and meals, and to celebrate the Eucharist. More importantly, a home, for Jesuits, is a setting to strengthen relationships with one another and to decompress, oftentimes in the midst of urgent and emotionally challenging work.