Manresa: A Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Five students standing among the trees at the Contemplative Center in the fall

Manresa: A 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 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 discernment retreat designed to help undergraduates discern their feelings, thoughts, and desires and to learn and/or deepen habits of prayer.

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: First-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors

When: Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2023 (We will leave GU at 4pm on Friday, Feb. 24 and return to GU at 5pm on Feb. 25)

Where: Calcagnini Contemplative Center

Cost: TBD

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.