Nestled in the urban landscape of Parma, Ohio, the Jesuit Retreat House (JRH) of Cleveland is “a place of peace in the forest.” Set in 57 acres of rustic woodland, the retreat house offers a variety of programs to fit everyone’s needs. Forests, meadows and pathways, as well as outdoor Stations of the Cross and shrines, present an ideal setting for contemplation in nature.
The retreat center includes two beautiful chapels, 57 private single rooms and three suites for overnight guests. The dining room serves home-cooked meals prepared by a full-time kitchen staff, who can accommodate special dietary restrictions.
A large meeting area accommodating up to 80 people, additional breakout areas and A/V equipment make the retreat center ideal for large groups. Additionally, there are two spacious lounges for relaxing, a library of classic and contemporary religious literature and a bookstore with current titles.
From a one-day retreat to a 30-day exploration of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Jesuit Retreat House endeavors to move retreatants closer to God. For those looking for the next phase in their spiritual lives, an individually directed retreat by one of the Jesuit or women directors may fulfill that need.
Among the 3,500 people that take advantage of JRH’s spiritual hospitality annually are such diverse groups as Pre-Cana groups, Catholic school faculty, Knights of Columbus members and non-Catholic churches. JRH’s own “in-house” programs include day and evening retreats, popular weekend retreats and retreat weekends for the recovering community.