Lay Retreatants League Page

The Lay Retreatants League


The Manresa Lay Retreatants League was formed for retreatants who are already coming to Manresa for spiritual nourishment to live out God’s mission for their lives. It takes a personal and consistent commitment in prayer to be able to hear His message to us. Prayer, spiritual reading, guidance, reflection and the tools St. Ignatius left in his Exercises are all stepping stones along the path.

Membership in the Lay Retreatant League joins you to many in Manresa’s history who built a legacy of being present to and communing with God during retreats and then going back into the world sharing with others the compassion and love of Christ.  Fr. Gregory Hyde, SJ, a former Executive Director at Manresa, described a Manresa’s retreatants’ commitment to others as the “fire that kindles other fires”,  bringing new life and love into the world.

At some point in our lives we realize that there is more for us to do than to simply exist. There are contributions we can make to ourselves and others which are governed by what God wants from us, that is, our purpose in the creative process. The Holy Spirit is the Person who brings it about by kindling a passion in us.

The Lay Retreatants League is a path that allows the Holy Spirit to work specifically in our lives, deepening our commitment to Christ and answering an invitation to help others discover the same thing.

Members of the League are asked to:

  • Promote retreat attendance by bringing one new person to a retreat each year
  • Pray for the retreatants and the retreat director each Friday during the year

In addition, Members have the opportunity to attend a Sunday afternoon reflection without cost, to help cultivate their retreat experience or to give that opportunity to another who may have an interest in attending.

You can join the Lay Retreatant League simply by filling out the form below or by calling the Front Office (248.644.4933).  Annual dues are $30, renewable on July 1st of each year.