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Manresa Manor-- History

Weekend Retreats

- For Men

- For Women

- For Couples

- For Members of the

12 Step Program

Individually Directed Retreats

Offered Monday to Friday

by arrangement


Ongoing Spiritual



Theme Retreats In

The Jesuit Tradition



Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre

2325 Liverpool Road
Pickering, Ontario L1X 1V4
Tel: (905) 839-2864
Fax: (905) 839-7289




Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering



Welcome to the New Website of the

Manresa Renewal Centre in Pickering

The first Jesuit missionaries to Canada were formed and inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – the same spiritual tradition that is the core of our retreat programs at Manresa. This spiritual tradition teaches us to be men and women for others and to conduct our lives for God’s greater glory. Please join us at Manresa for some time apart with God.


What is a Manresa?

Welcome to Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering where countless visitors have found spiritual healing. We are mostly known for our extensive list of weekend retreats, where retreatants come to deepen their understanding of their Christian faith and/or seek spiritual healing. Each retreat has its own theme and is presented by one of our experienced retreat masters. At each weekend retreat there is also an opportunity to have a sacred conversation with one of our spiritual directors, plus an opportunity, if desired, for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We also offer focused retreats for members of the Al-anon and Alcohol Anonymous communities.

Beside weekend retreats, we offer space for those who like to spend some time on an individual retreat, with or without spiritual direction, plus during the school year we host many schools who usually come for a day retreat, likewise, we host many Ecumenical Christian groups who use Manresa for their own specific community needs.

Manresa is situated on a beautiful twenty-one-acre property with access to several walking trails on conservation lands. We are a spiritual refuge conveniently located in the Greater Toronto Area.

We have serviced the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto from this property since 1949.  Since that time several expansions of the retreat centre were under taken, with the last one being the construction of the beautiful Ignatius Chapel in 1995.

Due to our aging facility, our dedicated staff and friends of Manresa have set out on a multiyear renewal program of our facilities to ensure that we continue to serve the Archdiocese of Toronto for many years to come, ensuring that future generations of retreatants also can be nourished at this holy and peaceful Centre.

In gratitude to our infinite loving God and all friends of Manresa who continue to create a peaceful spiritual haven for so many who seek nurturing silence in a Christian setting.

Fr. Henk van Meijel S.J.