Hoyas will soon contemplate cloud formations and mountain peaks in Virginia.
After years of delays and litigation, the Calcagnini Contemplative Center is finally expected to be open for use by the fall of 2013.
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Clarke County, Virginia, the land for the center was purchased so that Georgetown would own its very own retreat setting, and would not have to book all its retreats from other centers.
Although the property was bought in 2005, construction could not begin until this past year, due to opposition from Clarke County residents, who feared that a Georgetown retreat center in the area would promote too much traffic and development. There was also significant concern for the protection of an historic farmhouse which rests on the property.
But, according to Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., the Vice President for Mission and Ministry, this farmhouse will remain preserved.
“We were able to preserve an historic property, a farmhouse, that was on the site and incorporate it into our Center. We recognized the importance of this historic building to the local community and incorporating it into our designs provides a visual and physical reminder of the past and the history of the property,” he said.