Jesuit Retreat House Dedicates New Center
Published: December 8, 2011
The entrance and lobby area of the existing Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center retreat house was renovated and expanded to provide a welcome area and a library seating area. (Photos by Michael Alexander)
ATLANTA—A newly constructed resource building at the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center was recently dedicated on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The dedication was the capstone of the completion of the new J. Robert Fitzgerald Resource Center and also celebrated renovations to the retreat house, including an upgraded entrance and lobby atrium.
The 4,000-square-foot resource center accomplished several goals; all business offices were moved in order to maintain the silence and stillness of the retreat environment as well as to foster a collaborative work environment. The Trinity Book Shop now has a special place to operate and welcome the public. The building has a small conference room that can be utilized as a small group meeting area as well.
Assisted by Deacon Steve Swope, left, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blesses the exterior of the new J. Robert Fitzgerald Resource Building. The building houses the administrative offices, a conference room and the Trinity Book Shop.
The general retreat house improvements included five additional guest rooms—two of which are fully handicapped accessible—and three additional spiritual direction rooms. The entrance and lobby area were renovated and expanded to provide a welcome area and a library seating section with fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
A crowd of people attend the Oct. 25 blessing of the new J. Robert Fitzgerald Resource Building on the grounds of the Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. A Mass of dedication preceded the blessing.
In addition, the courtyard was redone with pavers and was recently nominated for awards for its design. It replaces the grass area and offers a pleasant looking space as well as an area specifically for drivers needing handicapped access.
For more information on the Ignatius House Retreat Center, visit www.ignatiushouse.org.