Welcome from Director

Welcome to Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering where countless visitors have found spiritual healing.

Henk van Meijel

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; we also host groups who come to make a day retreat. Many Ecumenical Christian groups 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 undertaken, 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. 

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