Introducing Sharon Snyder

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Sharon Snyder recently joined Manresa as Director of Advancement. Sharon’s résumé includes over 25 years’ experience in both non-profit and for-profit industries. Her positions have been with universities, hospitals, non-profits, and family-owned automotive and supply businesses. Her consultancy company, Sharon Snyder Associates, served businesses and non-profits in Michigan and Florida. Throughout her career Sharon has supported and held leadership positions on civic boards and with philanthropic groups. “I joined Manresa because I believe in its Mission and want to use my background to help achieve its continued growth.”


Introducing Karen Wilson

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Karen joined Manresa as Coordinator of Events & Volunteers, replacing Sally Janecek, who retired at the end of December 2019. Karen is in the process of planning the Spirit of Manresa Banquet & Super Silent Auction that will be held on April 30, 2020.  In addition to various sales positions, she has over 20 years’ experience planning auctions at schools including Kensington Academy, St. Hugo of the Hills and Academy of the Sacred Heart, as well as special events at Derby Middle School and Seaholm High School. “What I love most about Manresa is praying the rosary while walking the labyrinth and meeting all our wonderful supporters.”


*Fr. Tim Babcock

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Please keep in your prayers Fr. Tim Babcock, who passed into Eternity on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Fr. Babcock was born August 26, 1942 in Detroit and ordained a priest in 1968. He served as a retreat director at Manresa for many years. Visitation is Monday, October 7 beginning at 1:00 PM and culminating with a funeral Mass at 5:00 PM at St. Andrew Parish, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester, Michigan. His Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery is for family only.


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Barn Demolition

Since our April 10th fire, which destroyed one of Manresa’s barns, we’ve decided to take down certain other barns compromised due to collapsing foundations. We plan to build a replacement barn.   Attached is a short video of the demolition of one of the barns that took place on Monday, July 8th.   We’re progressing as we continue to beautify and make our grounds and facilities more user-friendly.   Our goal is to have a replacement barn constructed before the snow falls this winter. 
Click here for the video


FIRE AT MANRESA

A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon, Apr 10th, in Manresa’s dumpster barn, as it’s affectionately called. The barn was totally destroyed, and a barn adjacent to it was significantly damaged. Fortunately, no one was injured, and Manresa’s daily activities continue without interruption.
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Steve Raymond
Associate Director
Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
248.644.4933 Ext. 111