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Convent, Louisiana: Manresa House of Retreats


About Manresa House of Retreats:

On the banks of the Mississippi River–midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, this Jesuit retreat center is located on a 130-acre campus with historic and picturesque buildings and grounds.  Manresa refers to the Cave of Saint Ignatius in Spain, where St. Ignatius lived and wrote his “Spiritual Exercises”.

The Manresa House of Retreats offers three-day preached retreats, made in silence, based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola. These retreats are conducted for men only, through an agreement with Cenacle Retreat House for Women in the New Orleans area.

Retreats are offered every weekend except for the last weekend of the year; these begin on Thursday night and end early Sunday afternoon. In addition, six “mid-week retreats” are offered from Sunday night through early Wednesday afternoon. An assigned retreat Director preaches eleven retreat conferences (or “talks”) during the course of the three days. Each conference lasts around 30 minutes. A staff of trained Jesuit priests is available for individual conferences. Daily Mass and other devotions and activities are available to fill out the retreat.

The capacity for each retreat group is 111 and no exceptions are allowed; the average is 108 men. No set fee is required, but there is a suggested donation. All contributions are anonymous. Although Manresa is a Catholic retreat house, men of other faiths are welcome to attend the retreats.

The minimum age requirement for attending a Manresa retreat is 18 years of age. The man’s 18th birthday must occur prior to the retreat date he is attending. There are no exceptions to this rule.

These retreats are much in demand, and spaces are hard to find, so we suggest if you find one you are interested in that you sign up right away.


Traveling to Manresa House of Retreats:

Address:  5858 La 44 Convent, LA 70723  Mailing address:  P.O. Box 89, Convent, LA 70723

Main Phone Numbers: 1-225-562-3596 or 1-800-782-9431       Fax Number: 1-225-562-3147

Email: info@manresala.org

Click here for the official website of Manresa House of Retreats

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