A place for stillness and reflection, the new Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center is the home of our spiritual retreat programming which helps students become aware of their gifts and talents, further helping Holy Cross produce graduates of vision, service, self-knowledge and ethical depth.
The Joyce Contemplative Center is a place where the pace of life is slowed in order to allow for the true depths of contemplation that can bring wisdom. A place where students can step away from the stress and pressure of daily life, and awake from the nearly hypnotizing routine of day-to-day living. Doing so helps us engage the needs of our world with greater compassion and justice.
The Center is another way that Holy Cross helps create an environment in which students and faculty of varied religious traditions can join together for silence, reflection and prayer. Holy Cross affirms its Catholic, Jesuit identity while continuing to build an open, questioning, respectful community where all are welcomed and have a voice. Opportunities include The Spiritual Exercises, a five-day silent retreat to practice a short version of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Protestant Ministry Retreat, a retreat for students who identify LGBTQ+, and a study retreat during finals study period.
Students and alumni frequently cite their participation in retreats as one of the highlights of their Holy Cross experience. Indeed, the retreat experience is one of the primary aspects of Holy Cross life that sets us apart.
Situated on a 52-acre parcel of land in West Boylston, Mass., just 20 minutes from campus, the Joyce Contemplative Center overlooks breathtaking views of the Wachusett Reservoir. The building includes a chapel, meeting rooms, dining room, and bedrooms for 60 individuals.
Solidifying Our Future
The Joyce Contemplative Center is one of the major initiatives of the College’s “Become More” campaign, and is the first capital project to be completed.
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