Retreats are retreats in which a number of individuals are given
talks at the same time over the course of three or four days,
over a weekend or sometimes in midweek, to assist them in their
reflection and prayer. Other common forms of prayer are available
like morning prayer, rosary, benediction, stations of the cross,
praying with Scripture, healing prayer, or Eucharistic devotions.
They have also been called preached retreats because the conferences
are somewhat like preaching, and group retreats because people
listen to the talks in a group and also because they often come
to these retreats as groups from parishes, associations, or families,
returning annually at the same time of year. You can look at the
list of parishes and other groups
to see if your parish or group already has a set date. But you
do not need not come at that time, nor are you excluded from any
weekend because you do not belong to the groups coming at that
is a retreat and why make one?
retreat is a time of quiet when one can get away from the ordinary
demands of life, a time to get a better perspective on the deeper
meaning of your life, a time to come into closer contact with
God, a time of reconciliation and peace. It is a time to be good
time is involved?
weekend retreat at Manresa begins on Friday evening with supper
at 7:00 PM. This allows those who work to participate fully. People
usually begin arriving around 5:00 PM. The weekend goes all day
Saturday and closes with Mass at about noon on Sunday. Departure
is a little before 1:00 PM. Manresa also has some four-day and
happens during a retreat?
the retreat director gives seven talks or conferences, each about
a half hour in length. These are based on The Spiritual Exercises
of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The conferences
are not dry, academic lectures, but reflections on life's fundamental
directions seen in the light of the Gospels and our Christian
are The Spiritual Exercises?
Spiritual Exercises are, in brief,
a pathway to God, an experiential approach to personal
faith and union with God. That is why, in the retreat schedule,
there is a time for private reflection and personal prayer. In
addition, the Eucharist is celebrated each day and devotions are
offered for those who find them helpful. There is opportunity
for individual discussion with Manresa's retreat staff.
does the schedule look like?
retreat director may adapt the schedule, but it usually follows
7:00 PM Dinner
7:45 PM Orientation Talk
8:15 PM Mass
8:45 PM Opening Conference
9:15 PM Personal time / retire
Saturday Afternoon and Evening
2:00 PM Conference
4:00 PM Conference / personal time
5:15 PM Mass
6:00 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Video or Praying with Scripture
8:30 PM Healing service
9:15 PM Eucharistic vigil
AM Morning Prayer
8:15 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM Conference / personal time
10:15 AM (Rosary or Praying with Scripture)
11:00 AM Conference / personal time
12:00 PM Lunch
8:15 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM Conference / personal time
10:15 AM (Way of the Cross or Sharing)
11:00 AM Conference
11:45 AM Closing Eucharist
happens during personal time?
is time for private prayer and reflection on the subject matter
of the conference or whatever else you are drawn to pray about.
Frequently the retreat director will hand out notes and material
for your reflection. You may also do some reading. Reading materials
are offered at Manresa, some in the library for borrowing, others
in the bookstore for purchase.
should I bring with me?
general whatever you would bring for a couple nights in a motel.
Be comfortable; informal dress is usual and acceptable. Manresa
provides such things as towels, soap, blankets, etc. Each retreatant
has a private room with half-bath.
about talking and silence?
retreats are silent retreats; retreatants do not speak with one
another. This tradition of maintaining silence during the retreat
is common to all Jesuit retreat houses. This silence is not an
invention of the Jesuits, but it has found a place in all religious
orders for the last 1500 years, and is to be found in many other
faith communities and religions as well. It is not a disciplinary
measure or a penance, but a method of praying and opening ourselves
up to God, a way of listening to hear God's word in our hearts,
a means of maintaining a prayerful atmosphere for all. Through
silence we are ourselves alone with God and we allow every other
person there to have the opportunity to be alone with God in a
privileged way. We recommend to you this
short video on retreat silence by Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB
of The World Community for Christian
much does a retreat cost (and can I use a credit card)?
Manresa, there is no set amount charged for a conference retreat.
We do ask people to make a freewill offering according to their
means. The actual cost to Manresa for the weekend is $217 per
person. Some people can and do offer this much. Those who cannot
are asked simply to give whatever their means allow. But lack
of financial resources to give anything should never deter or
discourage any one from making a retreat; in fact a time of serious
financial difficulty may be the very time when some one needs
a retreat the most. There are those who donate more than the cost
to Manresa and those who contribute to our John A. McGrail Fund,
and this generosity enables us to continue making retreats available
to all. And yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express
else I should know?
serve very good meals at Manresa. Those who have special dietary
needs will be accommodated. Our capacity for a weekend is 78.
Sometimes we fill the house. At other times the number is less.
You should not feel you have to know anyone else on the retreat.
Just bring yourself. God will do the rest!
do I make a reservation?
do I get to Manresa?