Manresa: A Sophomore and Junior Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition
Manresa is a small town in Spain where St. Ignatius spent ten months of his life spending hours in prayer and working at a hospice. While there, he began to discern which thoughts, feelings, and desires were leading him towards greater love of God and service to others, and which were distractions to his spiritual growth.
Inspired by this part of St. Ignatius’ story, Manresa is a Catholic weekend retreat designed to help sophomores and juniors discern their feelings, thoughts, and desires and to learn and/or deepen habits of prayer. Through Jesuit and student reflections, relaxation, small group faith-sharing, and spiritual conversations, students will engage questions such as, “What are my gifts? What am I passionate about? Where can my gifts meet the world’s greatest needs?”
As with all of our Catholic retreats, all are welcome no matter where you may be on your own spiritual journey. St. Ignatius’ story applies to everyone! No prior retreat experience is necessary.
Who: Sophomores and Juniors.
Do I have to be Catholic to come on this retreat? While this is a Catholic retreat, you don’t have to be Catholic to join. The community environment on all our retreats is always welcoming, reverent, loving and fun! So no matter where you are on your own faith journey, you are always welcome. We will offer opportunities for bonding with friends, reflection, conversations with chaplains, the sacrament of reconciliation, and Mass.
When: October 21-23, 2016 and February 3-5, 2017
For each of these weekend retreats, we will depart by bus from Healy Gates at 4pm on Friday and we will return by bus to Georgetown by 3pm on Sunday.
Where: Wellspring Conference Center, located on a 200+ acre expanse of woodlands, meadows, ponds and wildlife in Germantown, MD, a suburb just outside of Washington, D.C.
Financial assistance is available upon request. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.