Nestled in the urban landscape of Parma, Ohio, the Jesuit Retreat Center is “a place of peace in the forest.”
Jesuit Retreat Center
5629 State Road
Parma, OH 44134
(440) 884-9300

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Jesuit Retreat Center

Parma, Ohio

Centrally located in greater Cleveland and just 15 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Jesuit Retreat Center (JRC) has a historic legacy beginning in 1898 as the first and longest continuing place in the United States providing retreats for the laity, and for clergy and religious as well.

Truly “a place of peace.” JRC is set in 57 acres of rustic woodland and 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’s beautiful new addition and renovation provides easy accessibility for all and the capacity to host multiple groups at the same time. The center offers 57 single bedrooms including 5 suites and 10 rooms with twin beds & private bathrooms. Visitors will find peace and serenity in our four beautiful chapels. The dining room serves healthy meals prepared by a full-time kitchen staff who can accommodate special dietary restrictions.

A large meeting area accommodating up to 135 people with AV equipment, and a total of 18 meeting rooms make the retreat center ideal for a variety of groups. Additionally, there are two spacious lounges with fireplaces, a library of classic and contemporary religious literature, and a bookstore with current titles.

From a one-day or evening program to a 30-day retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Jesuit Retreat Center endeavors to help people to discern deeper meaning, purpose and direction in their lives and to find God in all things.

We have served the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) community since its early years after their founding in 1935 in nearby Akron and offer eight to ten AA retreats annually.

JRC serves over 7,000 people each year from the Catholic, Christian and other spiritual traditions. We also serve as a meeting and conference center for people and organizations from the wider community who seek a beautiful accessible place that evokes peace, reflection and lifegiving conversation.








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