Jesuits & Ministerial Staff

Our Jesuit and Ministerial Staff


Fr. Leo Cachat, SJ :

Fr. Leo Cachat, SJ, was assigned to the Jesuit Province of Patna, India and began teaching in Nepal in 1961. He was ordained in 1966 and became principal of a K-12 school in Katmandu. He later studied with Anthony de Mello, SJ, and Bede Griffiths, OSB. In 1978 he founded Godavari Ashram (Center for Spiritual Development), and directed retreats there and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. In 1985 he set up a Jesuit formation house in Nepal and later became the regional superior. After several years in Myanmar, he returned to the USA and established the office of chaplain to the faculty and staff at University of Detroit High School. He has been at Manresa since 2007.

Fr. Fran Daly, SJ :

Fr. Fran Daly, SJ, grew up in Chicago and entered the Society of Jesus at Milford, Ohio in 1959. He taught Latin and History at St. Xavier High School from 1966-69 and worked with the Sodality and Xavier’s Summer Enrichment Program mostly for African-American students. In June, 1972, after his theological studies in Chicago he was ordained and was missioned to the Jesuit novitiate in Berkley, Michigan as minister of the community. He worked closely with Frs. Howard Gray and Frank Houdek studying and directing the Spiritual Exercises, and also teaching Jesuit History. He served as Novice Director from 1977-1983 and during that time directed the 30-day Spiritual Exercise two or three times a year. He returned to Chicago in 1984 as rector of his alma mater, St. Ignatius College Prep, teaching Religious Studies to Juniors and doing Adult Faith Development with the faculty and staff. In 1990, he became Formation Director for the Chicago Province and in 1991 executive director to the Provincial. During those years he traveled around the United States and Europe visiting Jesuits in formation. In 1997, the Jesuit province began to sponsor an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome every other year for high school faculties and staff, and Fran was the docent for the first three trips which deepened his appreciation of the Ignatian heritage. From 1988-1991 and 2000-2011, he served as Tertian Director for the Chicago Province Two Summer Program in which he worked with Jesuits from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States. In 1998, he returned to Cincinnati and served at St. Xavier High School as rector until August of 2005. In 2000, he became Director of Ignatian Formation for the Adult Community at St. Xavier High School, where he worked with Adult Faith programs and introduced new teachers for their first five years to the person and vision of St. Ignatius. In the summer of 2014, he became the Executive Director of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House.

Ms. Ann Dillon :

Ms. Ann Dillon holds degrees in Education and Religious Studies and is a graduate of Manresa’s Ignatian Spirituality Internship Program. Her prior ministries include teaching middle school, serving on a public school board, giving liturgical leadership in her parish, and 16 years as Director of Mercy Association. She and her husband Mike have three sons and are now enjoying four wonderful grandchildren, all of whom live in the neighborhood. Ann focuses on the development of Ignatian lay leadership, especially with spiritual directors, guides for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and friends of Manresa. She partnered with Fr. Bernie Owens in leading the two-year Internship in Ignatian Spirituality, and partners now with Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ, in leading the Seminar on Ignatian Spirituality and the Internship in Spiritual Companionship. Ann is a trained spiritual director and guides retreatants through directed retreats and the Spiritual Exercises.

Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ :

Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ, comes from Boston, and is now a member of the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province. After missionary work in Jamaica, theological studies at Oxford University, and 26 years at John Carroll University in Cleveland as campus minister, vice president, and rector of the Jesuit community, he is serving his second term as superior of the Jesuit Community at Manresa. He gives individually directed and preached retreats at Manresa and elsewhere, is Coordinator of Individually Directed Retreats, and among other duties manages our book store. Since studying Theology and Art and Buddhist Aesthetics during a sabbatical year at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, he uses fine arts to illustrate his preached retreats.

Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ :

Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ, a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province, came to Manresa to help out during Fr. Chamberlain’s recuperation, and since then is a full-time member of the staff. He had most recently been pastor of St. Agnes, St. Bridget, and St. Charles parishes on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Steve has been retreat master at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford, Ohio and at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL, of which he was also director.

Mr. Steve Raymond :

Mr. Steve Raymond, the Associate Director of Manresa, was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He taught middle school in Kalamazoo for a year and then joined the Peace Corps in 1973. Assigned for three years to Sierra Leone, West Africa, he taught math and health science and volunteered as leader of a local farmers’ rice-development program. After leaving the Peace Corps, he obtained a law degree from U of D Mercy and married his beautiful wife, Susan. Together they have two wonderful children, Sarah and Michael. Steve spent over 35 years practicing business transactional and litigation law in Bloomfield Hills with the law firm of May, Simpson & Strote, and lately with Butzel Long. He has been part of the Manresa community for many years, attending daily Mass here in our chapel, participating regularly in weekend retreats and volunteering in numerous capacities, most recently as Co-facilitator of the men’s book club. He also completed the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life with Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ. Steve has served on several boards, including the Marian High School Board as its President, the Robert E. Burke Trust Fund, Holy Name School SEED Foundation, the Light in the Darkness Prayer Ministry and multiple committees and councils at his parish, Holy Name in Birmingham.

Ms. Anne Smith :

Ms. Anne Smith facilitates Manresa’s Women to Women prayer sessions. She has over 25 years’ experience leading prayer and faith sharing groups and has served as spiritual director on Manresa’s weekend retreats since completing Manresa’s Internship in Ignatian Spirituality program in 2011. Anne has helped teach other interns how to lead lectio divina and is part of the team offering this method of prayer to the Manresa community. In addition to her ministerial role, Anne serves as publishing coordinator and editor of Manresa Matters and Manresa Memos.

Fr. Bob Ytsen, SJ :

Fr. Bob Ytsen, SJ, has spent most of his apostolic career in secondary education, having taught English at three of the high schools in the Chicago Province: Saint Ignatius, Brebeuf, and Loyola Academy. Fr. Ytsen has directed various summer and student retreats and led summer service programs to Appalachia. British literature is his first love. He participated in the Oxbridge Program which provided the opportunity to study three summers at Cambridge and Oxford in England and at Trinity College in Dublin. Fr. Ytsen says he is excited to begin this new ministry at Manresa, confident that his background in Ignatian spirituality and history of the Jesuits, particularly in England, will enhance and support his commitment to retreat and spiritual direction.