Manresa: A Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Students during the Manresa retreat

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 notice which thoughts and feelings 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 overnight retreat designed to help students encounter God’s unconditional love and discern how best to respond to that love. 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: Undergraduate students – first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors

When: TBD

Where: Calcagnini Contemplative Center

Cost: $40, including transportation, accommodations and meals. (Financial aid is available, please write to Chaplain Michelle at the email below.)

Questions? Email Chaplain Michelle at

Frequently Asked Question:

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, student talks, and personal prayer.