Year Second Year
Christians are called in virtue of their baptism to contribute
to the building up of the Kingdom or Reign of God. This call extends
not only to each Christian's personal striving for holiness and
active participation in formal Church activities, but also to
the discovery of God's presence in every aspect of modern life.
This internship is offered to adult Christians who desire to develop
further this apostolic orientation in themselves through formation
in Ignatian spirituality as this spirituality is applied to our
time and culture. The Manresa program, which is both informative
and formational, will seek to give the participants a deeper grounding
in the Ignatian prayer tradition, teach Ignatian methods for discerning
the will of God in one's life, and provide a personal framework
for apostolic action.
Internship was begun in the early 1980s and has continued until
the present. God has provided amazingly well and has touched deeply
many interns and many others through the more than 400 people
who have been interns. It has been a wonderful realization of
the vision of the Second Vatican Council in regard to the apostolate
of the laity and the universal call to holiness. It has also been
a wonderful instance of the kind of mutual sharing of ministry
and friendship between Jesuits and laity and other religious that
St. Ignatius envisioned. And it realizes some of the hopes of
Jesuits' 34th General Congregation regarding collaboration with
the laity and support and colleagueship with women in ministry.
internship is led by a full-time Jesuit priest and part-time laywomen
conducting the classes, as well as a community of 14 who provide
one-on-one supervision of the ministerial practice that the interns
engage themselves in during the second year of the internship.
internship is oriented to a specific group of Christians. It is
meant for those who have already made basic vocational choices
and who have already worked through many of the personal difficulties
to which all human beings are subject. It is open to both married
and single individuals. It includes both those involved in ministries
such as spiritual direction and retreat giving, as well as those
involved in apostolic work in the social area such as those who
are seeking to bring Gospel values to social structures, to the
workplace, and to the family.
of the interns are Roman Catholic; some are Episcopalian, Lutheran,
Methodist, African American Baptist, Mormon, Presbyterian, or
Evangelical Protestant. About 75% are women, 25% men. Almost all
are lay persons, but a few are women religious, a few deacons.
There are about 20-25 interns in each of the two years of the
internship (therefore about 45 participants each year). Their
median age is 50; a few have been in their 30s and a few have
been in their 70s.
program is not dependent on any specific educational accomplishment.
Some example of apt participants would include:
Business men and women
who wish to integrate their work life with their apostolic
Doctors, nurses, lawyers,
judges, teachers and other professionals who wish to influence
their profession apostolically;
Mothers or fathers who
seek the spiritual development of their families;
Individuals holding public
office or who work for the government;
Clergy, religious and
lay ministers who wish to further develop their apostolic
orientation along Ignatian lines.
maximum of 30 individuals will be accepted each year into the
two-year program that begins in September. Acceptance will be
based on the following:
- Formal application no later than May
15; application after May 15, if there is still room.
- Two or more letters of recommendation
from persons who are familiar with the applicant's spiritual
- A minimum of 6 months of receiving spiritual
direction, or its equivalent (i.e., other experiences of the
interior spiritual search). One may contact the director of
the Internship program, Bernard
Owens, SJ, for the names of trained directors or to discuss
the possibility of your background and experience qualifying
- An interview with a member of the Manresa
is $1800 per year (personal spiritual direction and a year-end
retreat are extra). Payments are quarterly, unless different arrangements
are made with Internship director.
who complete the two-year program will be given a certificate
stating that the Manresa program has been successfully completed.
Contact us and
ask for Fr. Bernie Owens