Our mission is to help men and women grow spiritually through prayer, reflection, guidance and teaching according to the Ignatian tradition.
Manresa is here to serve all people who seek a closer union with God and growth in their spiritual life.
We address many dimensions of spiritual growth, including
- an awareness and experience of God’s unconditional love for us,
- our love of God and neighbor,
- discernment of God’s will,
- fidelity in prayer,
- a knowledge and practice of one’s faith,
- service to others,
- a commitment to promotion of the faith that does justice, and
- looking beyond ourselves to the well-being of the Church and society, and particularly the needy.
We fulfill our Mission by offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and various adaptations of these Exercises in preached retreats and individually directed retreats, the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, Days of Reflection, different forms of individual prayer and the celebration of the liturgy and of devotional practices. Members of our staff are available for spiritual direction or to recommend spiritual directors.
We also offer a variety of educational programs and other learning experiences to respond to the spiritual needs of the individual and those engaged in pastoral ministry. In particular, we offer an Internship in Spiritual Companionship to give professional training to individuals for ministerial service, especially for the ministry of one-on-one spiritual direction and other caregiving situations requiring skilled listening.
As Jesuits and people who share in Ignatian spirituality, we work from the perspective of that spirituality as expressed in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which affirms God’s presence in our lives and the world.