Manresa

150 years ago, on 7 September 1868, Gerard Manley Hopkins entered the Society of Jesus at Manresa, Roehampton. Born in Stratford, Essex in 1844, he received his early education at the Cholmeley Grammar School in Highgate. According to his obituary in Letters and Notices, “from earliest childhood he showed a great talent for drawing, and his work was distinguished for its remarkable delicacy… He had a very exquisite voice and took great interest in music. This, with art and literature, became...
The spirituality centre at the cave of St Ignatius at Manresa in Spain is organising its ninth annual "Ignatian immersion course".This course, which is conducted in English, includes an 8-day individually-guided retreat. Participants will study the Autobiography and the Deliberation of the First Fathers, among other texts, and end by considering ways in which Ignatian spirituality can be more fully integrated into their own everyday lives and missions.Further details, and how to apply, can be...
Fr Trieu prepares for mass at La Cova de San Ignacio
200 km in 8 days of walking largely mountainous terrain in a mixture of early autumn Spanish weather can actually be a lot of fun.  This fundraising Camino in the steps of St Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, was certainly that but also offered wonderful spiritual opportunities to get more in touch with Ignatius the pilgrim and his spirituality, for the group to share faith and life.  We hope we have also raised some prayers, awareness and even some money for the Caritas Bakhita...
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Between 10 July and 31 October 1940, the German Air Force waged an air campaign against the United Kingdom. The objective of the German forces was to achieve air superiority over the Royal Air Force, and began by targeting coastal shipping convoys and shipping centres. Soon the target of attacks was shifted to RAF airfields and infrastructure, factories involved in aircraft production, and eventually areas of political significance...
The Cave of St Ignatius in Manresa
The Jesuits in Spain will be launching the first Jubilee Year of the Ignatian Camino from Loyola to Manresa on the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola 31 July 2015. In Christianity, a jubilee is a special year of God’s mercy and is often associated with a pilgrimage.  They have also announced that the Ignatian Camino is being established as an official Apostolic Work of the Society of Jesus, to ensure that the Ignatian Camino retains its focus on Ignatian spirituality.The first Jubilee...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...
As Jesuits throughout the world prepare to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola on Thursday (31 July), the team at the Centre of Spirituality at the Cave of St Ignatius in Manresa (Spain) have issued details of a six week course entitled The Ignatian Charism For The World Of Today. Geared to the broad Ignatian family (Jesuits, members of other religious institutes and lay people), it will run from the middle of April until the end of May 2015.The course will start by looking at the...