do we do? Why
do we do it?
are Jesuits and Friends
We are Jesuits and friends
who share a common Ignatian spirituality, so called after St.
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. Ignatius
had profound, mystical experiences of God when he was in the town
of Manresa near Barcelona in Spain and in the years that followed.
His experience taught him that God speaks to each of us in a unique
way, that we who have received should give, and that our experience
can be useful to others. We share those beliefs.
& Ministerial Staff Associates
Board of Directors
Ignatian Retreat League
The spirituality inherent in Ignatius experiences, a way
of looking at God, the world and ourselves, has, in fact, helped
and inspired countless people and undertakings over the last four
and a half centuries. We want to pass that experience and spirituality
on to those who might benefit from them to find their own unique
way to God. We want, as Ignatius would say, to help souls.
That work has been going on at Manresa since 1926.
(Photo: Kathy Daniels)
A Life of Ignatius
The Original Manresa &
Other Names A History
of Manresa Our Mission
the Spiritual Exercises
Ignatius made notes about
his experiences, and those notes grew eventually into The
Spiritual Exercises, a book that epitomized his spirituality
and ours. The Exercises are a guide to what one might pray
about and how one might pray during time set apart for quiet and
prayer what we call a retreat. Sometimes the best way to
move ahead is to retreat. We guide people through retreats in
a variety of ways:
Kinds of Retreat
And that same spirituality is passed on here in other ways through: