PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
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From its 1926 beginning, Manresa has offered three-day and four-day conference retreats, and has since added individually directed retreats. But Manresa is more than a Retreat House; in reality, it is a Spirituality Center with many other opportunities for spiritual growth.Four mini-courses, available in concentrated weekend workshops, will introduce you to Ignatian Spirituality. Those who complete the mini-courses may apply to the Internship in Spiritual Companionship to learn to be a spiritual leader, retreat director and/or companion. Other programs teach topics such as Scripture, discernment and methods of prayer. There are single days or evenings of prayer, outdoor meditations with nature, musical concerts, Christian yoga, support groups for both men and women, book studies for women, and a variety of other programs that change from year to year. Visit our “Other Resources” page to discover additional spiritual offerings that are available to you. If you want to register online for any of our programs or events, click on the Programs and Events Calendar or Programs and Events List. If you prefer to register by regular mail, download the Programs and Events Form and mail the completed form with any required deposits. To pay for a program for which you have already registered, click on the Payment Link.
SEMINAR ON IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY
Mini-Course I An Overview of Ignatian SpiritualityTopics include:
The Life and Spirit of St. Ignatius
Praying with Ignatius
The Spiritual Exercises: An Overview
The Dynamics of the Exercises and Ignatian Prayer
Mini-Course II Jesus of History and Christ of FaithTopics include:
- Overview of Reading Scripture
- Infancy Narratives
- Kingdom of God: Mission & Vision
- The Ministry of Jesus
- Passion, Death & Resurrection
Mini-Course III Ignatian DiscipleshipTopics include:
- The Holy Spirit
- Confirming & Conforming of Oneself to Christ
- Ignatian Paradigm of Prayer & Action
Discernment WorkshopTopics include:
- An analysis of Ignatius’ principles for discerning the movements of God and the Evil One in us
- An analysis of Ignatius’ principles for attaining freedom of heart and making decisions to live in harmony with God’s desire for us
- Practice using these principles with case studies
- Discussions in small and large group settings
For more information:
Write: Manresa Jesuit Retreat House1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304 Call: 248.644.4933 Ext. 107 Ask for Ann Dillon in the Ignatian Formation Office.
THE INTERNSHIP IN SPIRITUAL COMPANIONSHIP
- Complete participation in the Seminar on Ignatian Spirituality
- Complete the application process
- Participate in monthly workshops
- Complete assigned readings and reflection papers
- Spend at least 60 hours in spiritual conversations
- Complete 12 sessions of supervision
- Lead one group prayer/retreat experience, e.g., lectio divina, small group reflections
- Have a spiritual director, meeting monthly or so
- Make a 5 day individually directed silent retreat and a retreat of choice during the Internship
The Internship is generally a two-year process and the cost is $2,300, not including books or retreats.
For more information:Contact Ann Dillon or Steve Hurd Manresa Jesuit Retreat House 1390 Quarton Road Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304 Phone: 248.644.4933 Ext. 107 Email: ADillon@manresa-sj.org
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Spiritual direction is about intensifying one’s relationship with God. It is noticing and savoring God’s presence in everyday living.
Because every aspect of your life affects your relationship with God, ordinary concerns such as work, family, relationships, emotional hurts, joy, anger, fears, anxieties, addictions or dreams are shared in spiritual direction. A director helps you explore whatever may block you from knowing God’s loving presence as well as whatever may increase that awareness. You are helped to truly see yourself through God’s eyes as the gift you are.
Spiritual direction helps develop the skill of discernment, which enables you to be more attentive to how God is leading and guiding you. You grow in noticing the ways in which God is touching your life, directly or indirectly.
Some people prefer the term “spiritual companionship” because “spiritual direction” sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. What you call it doesn’t make any real difference. The reality remains: it is conversation about your life in the light of faith.
Spiritual direction is not counseling. It is not therapy. It is not financial advice. It is not a friendship.
MUST I COME TO MANRESA TO MEET WITH A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
While there are spiritual directors who meet with persons at Manresa, there are directors who meet with individuals throughout southeastern Michigan and Ohio.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
A spiritual director is someone called to and well prepared for this ministry. She or he should be grounded in the Scriptures, sustained by a deep prayer life and carefully trained in the area of discernment. It may be helpful if she or he has experience or expertise in areas related to your life situation. But it is not essential.
The relationship between you and a director is based on confidentiality and a sense of trust, which enable you to be comfortable and open with your director.
HOW OFTEN DO I MEET WITH MY SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
Frequency varies with individual need and circumstance. Generally, meeting every four weeks or so is ideal. More or fewer sessions may be appropriate for others.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
It is customary to offer a stipend to support the spiritual director in this ministry. You and the director should discuss this during your first session.
HOW DO I BEGIN?
If you are interested in learning more about spiritual direction or would like to meet with a director, contact Ann Dillon. She is a member of our staff who can answer your questions. She will also help you find a director who would be a good match for you. Ann can be reached by calling Manresa at 248.644.4933 Ext. 107, or you may email Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN AND/OR MEN
- Women to Women: a prayer group that meets via ZOOM on scheduled Monday mornings. 2021 Schedule
- The Women’s Book Group – 2nd Semester
For Men and Women:
- Bible Study with Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ – 2nd Semester
- Christian Yoga: 2021 Schedule
- Growing in Prayer during Lent
- Examen of Consciousness
- Book Study with Deacon Carroll
- Praying with Art – Part 2
- 2021 Spirit of Manresa Banquet & Super Silent Auction
Further information and registration:
If you are interested in any of these events, click on it and you will be presented with further information and a “Register” button if it is necessary to register. Complete the registration process as instructed.
DAYS OF PRAYER AND RECOLLECTION
I – Days of Recollection
Days of Recollection are offered for groups of parishioners or others with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 80 people.
The schedule for such days can be determined by the group organizer. A typical schedule might be the following:
Welcome: Coffee & Pastry
Conference / Private Prayer
Holy Hour or Healing Service
Conference / Private Prayer
Mass or Prayer Service
A group may decide on different arrival or departure times and on the shape of the day. The normal cost for a Day of Reflection (including lunch) is $40 for adults, $30 for seniors, $20 for students; for an evening program that includes dinner add $6. A parish may bring its own presenter or Manresa’s staff is prepared to assist in these Days of Reflection.
II – Time Away for Parish Staff, Lay Leadership, Committees & Groups
Manresa is an attractive place for parish staff, parish lay leadership, or parish committees or other groups to meet, whether for a part of a day or an evening, for a whole day, or for an overnight. If desired, the Manresa staff can supply some appropriate input.
III -Younger People
Manresa can host prayer days and prayer experiences for youth groups or for those preparing for Confirmation. The parish sponsoring such experiences must bring their own director and prefects.
III -A Day to Call Your Own
Manresa offers you a “day to call your own” one day a month to get away from the busyness and noise of everyday life. We provide you with a private room and a simple soup lunch. Enjoy the silence and peace that is Manresa. We have four chapels, a comfortable library, a bookstore; pray at our outdoor labyrinth or Stations of the Cross; enjoy the nature and beauty of our grounds.
The day starts 8:00AM and goes to 3:30PM. Reflect, meditate, pray, walk, soul-search, read and just be.
Our next opportunities will be: