Ignatius Loyola used the phrase "to help people" again and again to describe what motivated him and was to motivate the Society. By this phrase, the first Jesuits meant helping the whole person, not merely the "spiritual" aspects of the person’s life. The Jesuit “way of proceeding” is based on a broad-minded spirituality that seeks to find God in all things, in all peoples, and in all environments.
Mount Manresa accepts the challenge to show how by God’s grace there can be a community among human beings which is based on sharing rather than on greed; on willing openness to all persons rather than on seeking after the privileges of caste or class or race; on service rather than on domination and exploitation.
We proclaim Jesus Christ and accept the challenge to help people and to proclaim this hope as we meet people where they are and lead them to the God who loves them.
It is perhaps not just a coincidence that we bring this chapter in the history of Jesuit ministry at Mount Manresa to a close on the feast of St. Ireneaus who is best recalled as the author of these famous words, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.” Throughout its long history Mount Manresa has invited people to grow in their humanity and to grow closer in their relationship with the God who loves them. (Click here for the text of the letter)
Many of those present at Mount Manresa's closing liturgy have asked that we provide the text for their reflection and for the benefit of those who could not join us. Click here to read that text:
Sunday, June 2 saw Sacred Heart Chapel filled to overflowing for Mount Manresa's closing liturgy. Fr. Matthew Roche SJ presided and Fr. Tom Benz SJ, a member of of Mount Manresa's Board preached as the community prepared to close this 102 year old retreat house. Fr. Edward Quinnan SJ, former director of the retreat house, invited participants to find ways to join in the new programs offered by The Jesuit Collaborative. Following a delightful luncheon for the attendees, Mount Manresa hosted an outdoor barbeque for friends and neighbors. Click here to see photos
Mount Manresa hosted a farewell weekend retreat for more than 125 people on Friday, May 31 and Saturday June 1. Every available bedroom in Shealy and Velcek Hall was filled and the parking lot was filled with the cars of commuters coming to recall the consolations and graces of their time and Mount Manresa and to plan for their futures. Click here to see photos
The New York Province of the Society of Jesus confirmed on Wednesday a contractual agreement of $15 million for the purchase of the Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House property at 239 Fingerboard Rd., in the Fort Wadsworth section of Staten Island by Savo Brothers, a development company based in the Staten Island community of Prince’s Bay. Click here for a link to the joint press release announcing the agreement:
This retreat will offer friends of the retreat house and long time retreatants an opportunity to gather here at the birthplace of the Lay Retreat Movement to reflect on the graces received during those times and to consider next steps in their journeys. Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for details.
Here is a listing of upcoming retreats at retreat centers within driving distance of the New York metropolitan area. More detailed information is available on the retreat center websites.
Mount Manresa was filled throughout Holy Week wih retreatants. Monday and Tuesday welcomed students from the Cristo Rey School and Wednesday saw the house filled with the faculty from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn for their yearly retreat. Mount Manresa's annual Holy Week Retreat began on Wednesday evening while the Community of Sant Egidio arrived that evening as well. Every corner of the house rung with the sounds of prayers and hymns. Children from the Community of Sant Egidio rode their scooters and claimbed the hills and joined in the Easter Vigil procession. Click here to see photos from the Triduum
Mount Manresa is pleased to welcome the Community of Sant Egidio for the celelbration of the Easter Triduum. The Community of Sant'Egidio began in Rome in 1968 with a group of high school students who wanted to take the Gospel more seriously. Today it is a movement consisting of over 40,000 Christian laypeople in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Learn more about this community by clicking here.
The Fordham Alumni Retreat gathered one last time at Mount Manresa in prayer and thanksgiving. Click here for photos of that grace-filled weekend.
Father Matt Roche, a staff member at Mount Manresa, reflects on the selection of Pope Francis during an interview on NY 1. Click here to watch that interview:
The election March 13 came on the first full day of the conclave on the conclave's fifth ballot. It was a surprisingly quick conclusion to a conclave that began with many plausible candidates and no clear favorite. The Latin American pope, a Jesuit, was chosen by at least two-thirds of the 115 cardinals from 48 countries, who cast their ballots in secret in the Sistine Chapel. His election was announced in Latin from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, to a massive crowd in the square below and millions watching around the world. Click here for Jesuit Matt Malone's report on the election via Skype, Click here to watch Fr. Walter Modrys SJ, a member of the Mount Manresa Board, along with Fr. Joseph McShane SJ of Fordham University and others as they are interviewed on the Charlie Rose show regarding the selection of Pople Francis I.
A snow storm which dumped an estimated eight inches on Staten Island was no match for Mount Manresa. Our facilities team worked feverishly to clear the snow and plow the driveways as students from Loyola High School and St. Peter's Boys High School filled the house during the day and Fordham University alums gathered for their annual weekend retreat. The kitchen staff filled the house with inviting smells and each retreat group graced the house with their presence. Take a moment to enjoy these photos of a beautiful moment here at Mount Manresa.
There are still a few spaces left for our Holy Week Retreat. We expect every room to be filled throughout this week so do not delay in placing your reservation. Click here for more details.
The chapel was filled for liturgy and the dining hall was overflowing with good company and good cheer as Mount Manresa celebrated St. Patrick's Day. Everyone at mass was reminded that they stood on holy ground and were invited to toll the chapel bell one more time, recalling their experience of God's love here and sending that love out into the world. Click here for photos of the day.
Noted author and storyteller Megan McKenna spoke before a full house in Manresa Lounge on Monday evening, February 11th. The crowd, braving the fog and the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2013, joined in a spirited dialogue focusing on her new book Like a Hammer Shattering Rock. The program took on special meaning since it took place on the day when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. Click here for photos.
Mount Manresa was delighted to host students and faculty from Holy Angels Academy in Demarest, New Jersey for their annual retreat as the Blizzard of 2013 made its presence felt in Staten Island. Mike Short's facailities team worked through the evening and all day Saturday clearing walkways and making sure that heat and electric surveyed the snow and howling winds while Chef Louis Marfolgio's kitchen staff made sure that the hot chocolate was at the ready and meals were prepared for our retreatants. Click here for photos.
The community at Mount Manresa bids farewell to our guests who stayed with us in Velcek Hall in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The last of our guests moved out on Tuesday, January 15th. We are pleased to report that all of our guests were relocated to new apartments or went back to the properties that they previously owned. We also want to say farewell to our friends at DHS and Project Hospitality who worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the storm to help manage the shelter. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. To learn more, click here.
Fred Herron Executive Director of Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, is pleased to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from the Northfield Foundation to support Mount Manresa’s efforts on behalf of its Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. Click here for a photo and for more details.
Join us at Mount Manresa for an invitation to the riches of Ignatian spirituality. These monthly talks are an invitation to enter into a world of prayer and imagination which has enrich the life of the church for almost five hundred years. Click here for more details.
The New York Shroud of Turin Society is seeking a new home for the Shroud images currently on loan and on display at Mount Manresa. Parties interested in offering the images a new home should consult their website at www.nyshroud.com or call 718-984-8517 for details.
The Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University (Cleveland) has organized a wonderful pilgrimage to the Ignatian holy places in Spain (Loyola, Javier, Montserrat, Manresa, Barcelona) for June 12 to 22, 2013. They are looking for a few more pilgrims. The tour is land-only which means pilgrims will make their own travel arrangements to Bilbao, Spain. Click here for more details
Renowned author and storyteller Megan McKenna will join us on Monday, February 11th. Her topic that evening will be “Like a Hammer Shattering Rock.” In many ways, modern audiences have become so familiar with the gospels that we've stopped listening and integreting their wisdom into our everyday lives. Acclaimed author Megan McKenna explores the messages of the four gospels in the context of daily life when they were originally written and interprets their meaning for our modern world.
Toni On New York features host Toni Senecal as she visits places that make NYC so unique. Join Toni as she visits Mount Manresa for Breakfast with Santa. Click here to watch.
The Circle of Friends of Mount Manresa and the Mount Manresa community joined together to put a new twist on their annual Breakfast with Santa celebration. This year our special guests were the children and parents who are residents at Mount Manresa in the aftermath of Hurricance Sandy. Faculty and students from Loyola High School and St. John Villa Academy joined our magician and Santa in the celebration. Click here for photos of this event.
The Circle of Friends of Mount Manresa filled the grand hall at Celebrate Snug Harbor with a rich assortment of beautifully decorated wreaths,trees and assorted Christmas items. The evening supported Mount Manresa's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts as well as its retreat ministry. Click here for photos of this event.
Fred Herron, Executive Director of Mount Manresa, recently appeared with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of New York on his weekly radio program "Just Love" to discuss the relief efforts happening at Mount Manresa and how Manresa is working with organizations like FEMA and Catholic Charities in helping residents. Click here to listen to that conversation
Mount Manresa welcomed Timothy Cardinal Dolan on Saturday, November 17th. Cardinal Dolan stopped in to visit FEMA and Catholic Charities workers located in Bruno Hall along with more than 60 displaced Staten Island residents currently living in Velcek Hall. He had a chance to visit with volunteers, members of Mount Manresa's staff and our Lay Preachers who were spending the weekend in a workshop with noted author Fr. William Barry S.J. Cardinal Dolan was joined by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Director of Catholic Charities. The Cardinal praised the efforts of all those involved in the efforts to support victims of Hurricane Sandy and had a special word of thanks for Mount Manresa's rapid and generous response to this presssing challenge, Click here for photos of his visit.
Fr. William Barry S.J., noted author and speaking on the topic " How Friendship with God Changes the World," filled the Kottmeier Room at Mount Manresa on Monday, November 19th. Father Barry was the inaugural speaker in Mount Manresa's 2012 Second Century Speakers series. Click here for photos of his visit.
In addition to 61 displaced persons taking up temprary residence at Mount Manresa, their pets have made the journey with them as well. Click here for a photo of FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino visiting those pets housed in Velcek Hall.
Mount Manresa has responded to the needs of the local community in a number of ways. Velcek Hall is now housing 61 people-mostly parents with young children.
Bruno Hall has become a FEMA Center, housing various relief agencies along with Catholic Charities, enabling residents to apply for assistance.
Shealy Hall is providing residential space for displaced people associated with the Jesuits, Habit for Humanity, Catholic Charities and others.
Click here for a detailed description of our ministerial response to this crisis.
For more details on Mount Manresa's efforts on behalf of Hurricane Sandy refugees, Click Here.
Mount Manresa weathered Hurricance Sandy with minimal damage. The retreat house lost several beautiful old trees to wind and weather but suffered no disruption of power. Thanks to an extensive program of tree removal and limb pruning during the past summer, along with the dedicated efforts of Mike Short and our facilities staff who worked tirelessly in the days before the storm and in its aftermath, Mount Manresa's offices reopened on Wednesday morning. Join us in praying for those still struggling with Sandy's aftermath at mass on the Feast of All Saints (Thursday, Novemnber 1) and All Souls (Friday,November 2) at noon in Sacred Heart chapel.
At his general audience on Oct. 31, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his solidarity with victims of Hurricane Sandy. Click here to hear that mesage:
Click here for photos of Mount Manresa after the storm
James Martin SJ and Roger Haight SJ discuss the genius of the Spiritual Exercises in this podcast.
The Guinness World Records has honored a Jesuit with the record of world’s oldest active teacher. click here to learn more)
Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Society of Jesus, recently spoke about the new evangelization, or missionary outreach, to the 25th Synod of Bishops. The synod brought together over 250 top church leaders for a three-week summit at the Vatican. Father General Nicolás told the synod that the Ignatian spirituality he was formed in encourages finding God in all things. (For more on this address and for the full etxt, click here)
On October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI raised seven men and women into the communion of saints, including the first Native American saint, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, and a French Jesuit missionary, Fr. Jacques Berthieu, SJ, who served in Madagascar. Click here to learn more.
St. Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, developed a retreat called "The "Spiritual Exercises," which took about 30 days to complete. Realizing this was not an option for many people who could not leave their daily routines for that long a period, he then broadened this experience to what is known as "The Nineteenth Annotation--A Retreat in Daily Life," which enabled people to experience these 'exercises' while going about their usual activities. Come learn more about how you might participate in this experience. Click here for details.
The Jesuit Collaborative offers a number of useful videos in which experienced directors on TJC staff offer their insights on each of the four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises. Click here to view a list and description of these presentations.
The history and heritage of Boston College is in the spotlight as its Sesquicentennial Celebration officially begins. Boston Globe.Thousands gathered at Boston's Fenway Park September 15 for an historic Mass to launch the anniversary commemoration.
Click here for coverage of this event. Click here for photos of the event.
Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House is pleased to invite you to join us for our Second Century Speakers Program. This series is intended to bring guest speakers to Mount Manresa who will expand our horizons and challenge us to continue to "find God in all things."
Join us on Monday, November 19th when William Barry, SJ speaks on the topic “How Friendship with God Changes the World.”
Click here for more details and for the schedule for the upcoming year.
The Jesuit Collaborative sponsored a conference titled "Finding God in Unsettled Times' at the start of last summer. Podcasts of the keynote addresses are now available online. Click here to access these podcasts.
Click here to view noted Jesuit author James Martin speaking on the topic of the Ignatian Examen
Fr. Roger Haight's new book has set out to write an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises aimed broadly at all spiritual seekers, even those outside the Christian family. His focus is the humanity and the spirituality of Jesus. Thus, his work functions not just as an introduction to the Exercises but also as an introduction to spirituality. Click here for more
Mount Manresa's annual Spaghetti Sunday was sold out weeks in advance this year. Every seat in Sacred Heart chapel was filled for mass and every available space was taken for Sunday dinner. Click here for photos of the weekend.
In Jesuits in Micronesia, you will meet many of the Jesuits who are serving God’s people throughout the many islands in the Pacific in various capacities. You will learn about the long history and faith-filled traditions linking the people in Micronesia to the Jesuits and visit some of our works and apostolates in the region. The series consists of an introductory episode followed by five episodes with a particular theme.
Film can provide a common ground that invites people to transformationand mindfulness. It can create a safe space for a facilitated dialogue, opening minds and hearts and strengthening our relationships.In this series of monthly Cinema Divina gatherings, the scriptures are prayerfully read as they are in more traditional forms of Lectio Divina and brought into conversation with our human experiences and the insights of some classic films. Click here to learn more about this monthly series.
Mount Manresa was delighted to welcome Father Mitch Pacwa on the weekend of of August 10-12 for a retreat titled "A Bible Study Guide for the Year of Faith."
Click here for photos of the weekend.
Fellow Jesuits, family and friends celebrated the life of Fr. Vincent O’Keefe, SJ, at a Funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York, N.Y. on Thursday, July 26. Fr. O’Keefe, 92, entered into eternal life on Sunday, July 22. Father O'Keefe was remembered at mass in Sacred Heart Chapel on Friday, July 27. Click here for a link to reflections by Fr.O'Keefe on the challenge of following God in changing times.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, will join Stephen Colbert, the popular host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, for a conversation about humor, faith, joy, and the spiritual life, at Fordham University in the Bronx on Sept. 14. “The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life,” will be moderated by James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest and author of Between Heaven and Mirth. (Click here for details)
Mount Manresa is pleased to welcome Deborah Sucich to its youth ministry team. Deborah earned a Master’s Degree in Education from St. John’s University. She has taught at both the grammar school and high school levels and has been a peer counselor and Youth Outreach Coordinator for Cross Road Foundation. Deborah has assisted with campus ministry at Wagner College and the College of Staten Island and has a broad range of experience offering workshops and presentations for youth groups. She will be working closely with Tonianne Cincotta, director of youth ministry. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Father David Ciancimino, SJ, provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, announced today that "in an effort to respond more effectively to contemporary needs" Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House and St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset, New York will be closing as of June 1, 2013. This decision, while difficult, was made in order to provide for "... the greater good of a more nimble and mobile ministry, that reaches many more people...." Mount Manresa and its entire staff will continue to offer all of its scheduled retreats for young people and adults through June 1, 2013 and is open to serve all who would like to schedule retreats until that date.
Click Here to read a letter from Richard Nolan, Chair of Mount Manresa's Board.
Click Here to read Fr. Ciancimino's letter.
Mount Manresa witnessed an engineering miracle as our 101 year old statue of the Sacred Heart was removed for renovations and our new statue of the Sacred Heart was installed in the grotto.Thanks to the efforts of Tom McAuley of Country Tree Care and the staff of Staten Island Monuments this challenging project went off without a hitch and in record time. Click here for photos of this engineering marvel!
Mount Manresa is delighted to welcome Chef Louis Marfoglio and his staff. Chef Louis brings a wealth of experience in providing top notch catering for the Staten Island community. Stop by and say hello to him and his staff the next time you visit Mount Manresa. Click here for a photo of Chef Louis and some of his staff.
Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House is pleased to announce the publication of Thomas Matteo's Images of America: Mount Manresa. This book sketches the storied past of Mount Manresa through one hundred years of service to the city, the church and the world. View Book Cover
Books, websites, video clips, podcasts and other resources on Ignatian Spirituality. Read More
Take the opportunity to light a candle and pray for your special intention on our website. Light One Candle.
Boston College's C21 project offers an excellent introduction to the experience of an Ignatian Retreat. A panel presentation titled "What Can Happen on an Ignatian Retreat" provides an excellent introduction to this rich experience.
See our menu of youth offerings for 2009-2010. Remember that we will meet with you to design a program that meets your unique needs! See our flyer for details.
Below you will find a glossary of terms used in Ignatian and Jesuit circles.
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