COUR TESY OF MANRESA SPIRITUAL RENEWAL CENTRE
INSIGHT AND INSPIRATION ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY
MANRESA SPIRITUAL RENEWAL CENTRE in the Toronto metro region is one of more than 30 retreat centers that the Jesuits sponsor across North America. The Jesuits have a long tradition of retreats, dating back to the 1500s when they began encouraging prayerful time awayfrom one’s normal routine as a path for spiritual development. Manresa is best known for offeringweekend retreats on a wide variety of themes, such as “Knowing myself as a child of God,” a retreat formen, and “Let’s start at the very beginning,” an overview of church development. Manresa also offersfrequent retreats for members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Retreatants have an opportunityto converse with a spiritual director and, if desired, to take part in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Inaddition to themed-retreats, the center welcomes individual private retreats and groups that want tohost a program at its 21-acre setting, located next to a conservation area with trails. “I came here to berenewed by God,” wrote one retreatant. “I left with a newfound zeal, touched and inspired by Him.”
THE MANRESASpiritual RenewalCentre is withineasy reach of citydwellers in Toronto.