August 30th 1970 - Bad Schönbrunn
In the year 1858 the physician Dr. Heggli had let build in Zugerland a nursing centre for patients wanting a rest. Many people came there - also from foreign countries. The maximal numbers of visitors were in the years between 1880 and World War I. Afterwards a rapid decrease of visitors had occurred. The house stood almost empty for a long time.
Some Swiss Jesuits had the plan to create for Switzerland something similar to the model of the retreat house in Tisis (Vorarlberg). Particularly since the large city Zurich was not far away their attention fell to Bad Schönbrunn which was looking for a buyer.
Both the Society of Jesus and the church could contribute only few to the financing of this ambitious project. It was laborious and required much trust in God to find the 6,3 million Swiss francs by donations.
On April 30th 1970 the bishop of Basel, Dr. Anton Hänggi, consecrated the new building. The house does not only serve for retreats. It is an educational house with Bible courses, pastoral meetings, art exhibitions, and many other activities.