In the 16th century St. Ignatius of Loyola began a new movement in the Catholic Church with his Spiritual Exercises and his founding of the Jesuit Order. Our philosophy of life is rooted in this 450-year-old spiritual tradition. Manresa’s Mission is to help men and women grow spiritually through prayer, reflection, guidance and teaching according to that Ignatian tradition.
Our history began locally in 1926 when a group of laymen seeking a Detroit area source of Ignatian retreats—weekends of quiet prayer—founded Manresa on a former gentleman’s country estate.
Over the last nine decades our offerings have expanded greatly and now also include: educational programs, support groups and discussion groups, prayer experiences, an internship in Ignatian spirituality and personal spiritual direction, and much more.
Jesuits and lay people continue to work together to contribute to your spiritual experience and growth, and the natural beauty of our 39-acre campus with the young Rouge River that runs through it will enhance your time at Manresa.