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In March of 1522 Ignatius left his native town of Loyola with the idea of making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Before arriving in Barcelona he stopped off at a small village named Manresa...

In March of 1522 Ignatius left his native town of Loyola with the idea of making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Before arriving in Barcelona he stopped off at a small village named Manresa where he had a profound mystical experience, that he later considered the most important of his lifetime; this learning experience gave him the fundamentals for writing the Spiritual Exercises. Since this encounter with God, creation and all creatures were revealed to Ignatius in a new way. His vision of the world and people gave him the grace to find God in all things.

From those days up to the present, the Society of Jesus has wanted to share this spiritual experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola as a way of finding God and deepening a sense of self-knowledge, serving others with a determination to build a more just and human world.

The Jesuits of Baja California wish to continue this mission, inspired by our founder, by offering an adequate place for retreats and the spiritual exercises..

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The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola have been one of the great contributions to spiritual growth, benefiting the Catholic Church for over 400 years. These exercises could be defined as a way of living out our faith in tune with the Gospel. St. Ignatius left us a legacy of practical tools by which we can comprehend and transmit his very peculiar way of understanding the world and God’s will.

The Manresa Retreat House, therefore, offers a modern yet austere place for personal betterment through retreats and the Spiritual Exercises, to be better witnesses to the Gospel by living the faith and promoting justice in this part of the world, under the Jesuit motto: “In All, To Love and Serve”.

HISTORY

In the first years of this Century, the Church in Tijuana didn’t have adequate places available for spiritual formation and growth. In order to respond to this need, the Jesuits in Baja California began construction on this new retreat house. On March 11, 2005, in the presence of our Bishop Don Rafael Romo Muñoz we held the groundbreaking ceremony above the campus of the Iberoamericana University

This project was realized underthe direction of Fr. David Ungerleider, S.J. Construction was completed on November 16, 2006 and inaugurated as The Manresa Retreat House, as a way of honoring the place where St. Ignatius of Loyola had the mystical experience that changed his life. On June 13, 2007 Bishop Rafael Romo celebrated a Mass to consecrate the St. Ignatius Chapel located in the center of the Manresa Retreat House.

Casa Manresa Expansion

Over these past 10 years, there has been more and more of a demand for retreats and the use of our Retreat House in Playas de Tijuana, especially from local high schools and universities. In June of this year we began construction of a new building, as an annex to the existing retreat house, in order to provide 20 more rooms (for a maximum occupancy of 40 students).

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