College of the Holy Cross to Open Contemplative Center

The College of the Holy Cross, a New England Council member, recently announced plans to open a contemplative center on land overlooking the Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston, MA. Members of the college gathered on the land for a groundbreaking in April.

The center will be called the Joyce Contemplative Center, named after the late Thomas P. Joyce, a dedicated alumnus, member of the board of trustees, and father of six Holy Cross graduates. Mr. Joyce’s family is a lead donor for the project. The center will be used for the vigorous retreat programs offered by the college. It will consist of a 33,800 square foot complex with a chapel, meeting rooms, dining rooms, and living quarters for 60 people. College officials plan for the center to be open at the start of the fall 2016 semester.

“In today’s rapid-response world, where technological change is constant, and the values we consider timeless can be routinely questioned, the mission of Holy Cross has never been more important. We are dedicated to educating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit,” said Reverend Phillip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the college. “Just as important is having a place that offers members of our community opportunities to step away from their daily activities to reflect on the ways God is present in our lives and how we may use our God-given gifts and talents to serve the world.”

The New England Council congratulates the College of the Holy Cross on this new center and for providing positive experiences for Holy Cross students.

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