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Manresa Matters Manresa Jesuit Retreat House

1390 Quarton Road • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-3554 248.644.4933

Summer 2013


To help men and women grow spiritually through prayer, reflection, guidance and teaching according to the Ignatian tradition

A Decade of Celebration: Spirit of Manresa Dinner and Auction Gala 2004 was a pivotal year for Manresa.

Significant issues regarding staff changes, lower retreat attendance and cash flow concerned the Board of Directors and staff. They recognized a need to celebrate the sense of family shared by those who find peace and God’s closeness at Manresa, while bolstering its sagging finances. The idea of a festive dinner with an auction appealed to the Board of Directors as a way 10th Annual Spirit of Manresa Dinner Gala & Auction • Saturday • September 21, 2013 • 5 pm to accomplish both goals. Board member Judd Hart took the lead in launching the first Gala. Where: • 5:00 pm Eucharistic Celebration In the “Welcome” section of the 2005 • Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction The Marriott - Troy auction catalog, Judd commented on his • Cocktails, Dinner & Live Auction 200 West Big Beaver own involvement and the purpose of the • Games, Music & Dancing Troy, MI 48084 auction dinner. September 24th is a very special day for both Manresa and the Hart family. Not only is Manresa and vivaciousness of the evening: it’s just plain fun to be there! hosting their 2nd Annual spirit of Manresa Gala, but it is The first three dinners were held at the Townsend Hotel in also the three-year anniversary of my father’s passing … downtown Birmingham. Many familiar names dotted the Dad’s involvement at Manresa prompts me to reflect on attendance list including Wagoner, Lindsay, Wilson, Seroka, how he nourished our sense of family … the donationGnau, Filo, Weber, Dobson, based commitment that our Jesuits insist upon creates Cancro, Brockman and many challenges that few other Christian institutions can relate others who continue to help to … your efforts this evening will help both the ministries and support us. Sadly, others and the less fortunate. have passed. We remember The Spirit of Manresa Dinner them fondly as the tenth year and Auction has continued of our gathering approaches. to focus on the dual goals originally set long ago by Judd Ten years is a milestone. and the Board. Celebrating It indicates more than the Manresa’s community while quick financial fix the Board supporting its mission to help envisioned in 2004. It has others find God continues become tradition. Don’t miss to be central to the evening. the Gala this year. Come Anyone who has attended the join us. Let’s celebrate our event will attest to the energy community together.

Manresa’s 2004 Gala Program

From the Director Celebrating 10 Years Honoring

Paula Dow, Ignatian Spirituality Award Bill LePine, Volunteer Excellence Award Thomas Weisenburger and Rita Ellis Retreatants of Distinction

2013 Honorary Chairs Sr. Bridget Bearss, RCSJ Academy of Sacred Heart

Judy Cancro

Serra Club of South Oakland County

Dr. Joseph G Eisenhauer, Ph.D

University of Detroit Mercy Business School

Andrew & Monica Moore

University of Detroit Mercy Law School

David J & Sylvia Fike Marygrove College

Jacqueline Hamill Friend of Manresa

Jim & Jacqueline Hicks

Friends of Manresa, Member, Board of Directors

Rev. Karl Kiser, SJ

University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy

Mary McKeon

Manresa Jesuit Retreat House/ Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House

Bill & Marie Molnar Friends of Manresa

We trace the course of our lives in days, and weeks, years and decades—perhaps if we are fortunate, even centuries. Institutions are no different, and Manresa is certainly no exception. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Celebrate Manresa Dinner and Auction Event, offering us the opportunity to celebrate a decade of collaboration between Manresa Jesuit Retreat House and the community of people who have supported the mission and ministry of the retreat house. Over the past ten years Manresa has been able to carry on its work thanks to the generous participation of so many benefactors and donors who have come together each Fall on the anniversary of Manresa’s founding to celebrate its on-going presence and service to the Church and the people of metropolitan Detroit area. The Manresa annual dinner and auction event has become a very important means by which the retreat house has been able not only to continue its ministry, but even to expand its programs and outreach. A generous portion of the evening’s receipts go to support a number of people who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of a week-end retreat at Manresa. Thanks to the generosity of those who attend the annual Manresa event, we have been able to: • • • •

Purchase brand new mattresses and box springs for all of the bedrooms; Place benches along the Nature Trail so people can find prayerful spaces on the grounds; Improve the Nature Trail to allow better access, safety and installed places for prayer; Support those who came to Manresa for retreat but couldn’t afford to donate to the costs.

There are many other examples that one could point out, but suffice it to say that Manresa is able to sustain its mission supporting people along their spiritual journeys because members of our community offered their support at past Manresa events. We hope you will be able to join us this year.

See you there!

Dave & Holly Nona

Friends of Manresa, Member, Board of Directors

Rev. Patrick Peppard, SJ

Ss Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

Paul & Jan Robertson Friends of Manresa

Rev. James Serrick, SJ Colombiere Jesuit Center

Rev. Robert Scullin, SJ

Gesu Catholic Church & School

Msgr. John Zenz

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How to Purchase 2013 Spirit of Manresa Gala & Auction Tickets 1. On Manresa’s website: 2. In person at Manresa’s Front Office (Hours Monday- Friday 8:00am- 4:00pm) 3. By mailing the order form below with payment to: Manresa 1390 Quarton Bloomfield Hills MI 48304

Please consider supporting Manresa at the Benefactor level.

Benefactor Levels

The 10th Annual Spirit of Manresa Gala Dinner & Auction Decision Form Please return this form to Manresa by September 6, 2013

______ Bernard J. Wernert, SJ $10,000 Includes 2 tables of 10 & valet parking on the night of the Gala, recognition in Auction Catalog and 2013 Yearbook, plus a post-event celebration dinner with the Jesuits, Four Manresa Concert Season passes. ______ John A. McGrail, SJ $ 5,000 Includes 2 tables of 10 & valet parking on the night of the Gala, recognition in Auction Catalog and 2013 Yearbook, plus a post-event celebration dinner with the Jesuits, Two Manresa Concert Season passes. ______ Walter L. Farrell, SJ $ 2,500 Includes 1 table of ten & valet parking on the night of the Gala, recognition in Auction Catalog and 2013 Yearbook, plus a post-event celebration dinner with the Jesuits. ______ Patron 1 Gala tickets $250 Includes 4 tickets to Manresa Concert of your choice.

$ _______

______ Supporter


1 Gala ticket


______ Table(s) of 10 $1,350 per table


______ I am unable to attend, but I wish to donate TOTAL

$________ $________

Ten Years - Who’s Who? Honorary Chairs Rev. James Serrick, SJ Rev. Eugene Simon Basil & Majida Bacall G Richard & Kathy Wagoner Sr Bridget Bearss, RSCJ Msgr. John Zenz John Bireny General Chairs Adam & Sue Cheslin Walter & Sandy Fisher Mike & Karen Brown Judd & Alicia Hart Joe & Anne Cornillie Jim & Jacqueline Hicks Gerald Coyne, Jr. Kenneth & Lori Hiltz Larry & Crystal Davidson Albert & Elizabeth King John Ferszt Rev. Karl Kiser, SJ Judd & Alicia Hart Bob & Patti Koval Mara Hart-Filo Cheryl Delaney Kreger Bob & Patti Koval Ted & Joanne Lindsay Keller & Debi McGaffey Carl & Phyllis Peters Look Kathy Parker Alan MacDonald Tom Parker Rev David Mastrangelo, SJ Steve & Susan Raymond William & Marie Molnar George & Grace Seroka Andrew & Monica Moore Paul & Pat Seibold Rev. Leon Olszamowski Sr Lenore Pochelski, IHM The Steering Committees Robert & Mary Clare Pulte included over 80 members and Paul & Jan Robertson over 500 volunteers who put in Francis & Sally Sehn countless volunteer hours. Venues 2004, 2005, 2006 The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham 2007 Marriott at Centerpoint, Pontiac 2008 Sacred Heart Academy, Bloomfield Hills 2009 Royal Park Hotel, Rochester 2010 The Westin, Southfield 2011, 2012, 2013 Troy Marriott, Troy

Never Been to the Spirit of Manresa Gala & Auction? Come join us this year! Each year, Manresa’s community gathers to celebrate “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires” at our Gala & Auction. This event raises funds for Manresa’s spiritual ministries as well as upkeep of our historic facility. Come and mingle with other Manresa supporters and Jesuits while contributing towards our mission of bringing people closer to God. A Liturgy starts the evening out at 5 PM. Then the fun begins with hors d’oeuvres, games, silent and live auctions. While feasting on a scrumptious dinner, you’ll witness the awarding of the Ignatian Spirituality, the Volunteer of the Year and the Retreatant of Distinction awards. Then the Live begins! This year it features: • Dinner for Ten with the Jesuits • NASCAR Challenge Racing Experience • Jewelry and more... In the silent auction you will find interesting eats and treats, products for body and spirit, cultural offerings, sporting events, travel and lodging, children’s items and much, much more. Be sure to make your reservation and join in the fun!


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10 Years Together!

Special Edition Manresa Matters  

Save the date! Celebrate 10 years together at Manresa's Dinner & Auction on September 21, 2013