Manresa Matters Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
1390 Quarton Road • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-3554 248.644.4933 • www.manresa-sj.org
August 2012 To help men and women grow spiritually through prayer, reflection, guidance, and teaching according to the Ignatian tradition
A Community Says Goodbye Fr. Walter L. Farrell, SJ, part of our Manresa family since 2007, first as Acting Executive Director, then as a member of the Jesuit staff, passed from our midst while on recuperative leave at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan on July 13, 2012. Fr. Farrell was a mentor and spiritual director to many people, taught seminars, workshops and conducted days of recollection for groups while at Manresa, especially during Lent. His kind spirit and deep wisdom was cultivated through many years of living within the Jesuit Society. Walter was born on June 7, 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. He entered the Society of Jesus on August 7, 1934 at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained a priest on June 18, 1947 at West Baden College, West Baden Springs, Ohio. He took final vows on August 15, 1951. Fr. Farrell was a giant in the Society—both physically and influentially. He offered care, instruction and guidance both inside and outside the Society of Jesus. His wisdom, influence and wry sense of humor were experienced by many people locally, nationally and internationally. Walter taught rational psychology (i.e. metaphysics) at the University of Detroit (1952-53) and West Baden College (1953-65). He offered direction, guidance and leadership to members of the Society of Jesus as Rector of West Baden (1958-65), Consultor to the Detroit Provincial (1962-65), Provincial of the Detroit Province (1965-71), Detroit Province Delegate to General Congregations 31 (1966) and 32 (1974-75), Secretary for Formation at the USA Jesuit Conference (1971-76), Tertian director (1976-78 and 1990-96), President of the USA Jesuit Conference (1984-90), Treasurer of the Detroit Province (1996-2007), Consultant to the Provincial on Ignatian Values in Ministry (1996-2011). Walter also entrusted and bestowed Ignatian Spirituality to many people as Director of the Spiritual Exercises Center at Colombiere Center (1973-80), serving on the Archdiocese of Detroit Continuing Formation Team (1979-81), President of Jesuit Retreat & Renewal Ministries (1980-81), Director of the Romero Center (1981-83), National Ecclesial Assistant for Christian Life Communities (1991-96) and as Acting Executive Director of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House (2007-08). Throughout his life, Walter also directed the Spiritual Exercises and shared his considerable knowledge and understanding of the history, Institute and workings of the Society of Jesus with others. As Fr. Howard Grey, SJ portrayed Walter during his homily at the Mass of Resurrection at Colombiere, “Walter was a man of sincere devotion to Jesus and the Society. He brought a sincere dignity wherever he was and to everything he did.” Our Manresa Community, while we mourn his loss, we will give glory to our Lord for sharing him with us for the years he was here. He left an impact which will last.
2012 Picnic Features Trinity of Highlights
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Sunny weather, record attendance and teamwork highlighted Manresa’s fourth annual family picnic on June 3. Cool breezes and shady trees as well as a canopy over the outdoor altar moderated the sunlight streaming onto the grotto and the picnic area. Assisted by Frs. Hyde and Fennessy, Bishop Donald Hanchon celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity in a bilingual ceremony supported with readings and music from Manresa affiliate El Rincon Ignaciano. This was Bp. Hanchon’s second year as celebrant and attendees welcomed his expressed desire to return for future picnic Masses. (Continued on page 3) Page 1
From the Director
We were deeply saddened this past month by the passing of a beloved friend--Fr. Walter Farrell, S.J., who went to the Lord on Friday, July 13th, at the age of 96. Fr. Walt had been serving as a staff member of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House since 2007 and remained with us until this past Holy Thursday when he was assigned to the Colombiere Center after suffering a fall in his room. After his move to Colombiere, he continued to travel to Manresa to carry on with a seminar in the Spiritual Exercises which he had begun earlier in the year, and even volunteered to help teach a workshop in Ignatian spirituality to some of the younger members of the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province this past May. One of the final classes in his long career as an educator was a lecture on the Spiritual Exercises given to this group of young Jesuit scholastics in a room hastily arranged at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Pontiac, where he was being treated for the blood disorder he suffered from. Unable to make it to the retreat house to deliver his lecture, he asked that the students meet him in the hospital where he could offer his class.
Mr. Hugh Buchanan Associate Director Fr. Leo Cachat, SJ Fr. Henry Chamberlain, SJ Ms. Ann Dillon Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ Fr. Rey Garcia, SJ Mr. Thomas Hurley Controller Fr. Gregory Hyde, SJ Director Ms. Mary McKeon Br. Mike O’Grady, SJ Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ Ms. Rita Tinetti Development Dir. Ms. Ruth Ann Stevens
Throughout his life, Father Farrell directed the Spiritual Exercises and shared his considerable knowledge and understanding of Jesuit history, the Jesuit Constitutions, and the Charism of the Society of Jesus with others. He was formally missioned to share Ignatian Spirituality outside of the confines of the Jesuit circle when he was named Director of the Spiritual Exercises Center at Colombiere Center (197380). He also served on the Archdiocese of Detroit Continuing Formation Team (1979-81), acted as President of Jesuit Retreat & Renewal Ministries (1980-81), named as Director of the Romero Center (1981-83), was National Ecclesial Assistant for Christian Life Communities (1991-96), and served as Acting Director of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House (2007-08). Walt spent his life passing on the Ignatian tradition to a variety of audiences, and continued his ministry of sharing the Exercises until the very end of his life.
Board of Directors
Rev. Timothy Babcock Mr. Joseph Basta Mr. William Brazier Ms. Carmen Fernandez Mr. Isaac Hanna Mr. James Hicks Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, CS Rev. Simon Hendry, SJ Rev. Gregory Hyde, SJ
Mr. Peter Kreher Ms. Phyllis Peters Look
Rev. David Mastrangelo, SJ Mr. Frank Migliazzo Mr. David Nona Rev. Richard Twohig, SJ
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The legacy of Fr. Farrell is embodied in the work which continues to be carried on at Manresa through the Internship Program, our retreat ministry, the various seminars that we offer, and the pastoral counseling that we do. You are invited to take part in any of these programs, but we especially would like you to consider joining us for a new lecture program being offered this Fall as the Walter Farrell, S.J. Memorial Lecture Series which will revisit the documents of the II Vatican Council as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Council. We feel that this will be a fitting tribute to the work and the spirit of this great Jesuit who contributed so much to our ministry at Manresa. Manresa will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Fr. Walt on September 28 at 8:00 AM. Manresa traditionally remembers its deceased members on the last Friday of the month, so it seems fitting. A light breakfast will be served following Mass. All are welcome. I would also encourage you to take part in this year’s Spirit of Manresa Dinner Auction. Your support of this event, either by joining us on the evening or by purchasing a raffle ticket will help us continue the work in which Fr. Farrell played such an important role.
Concert Series Another exciting concert season will begin in October featuring the return of the Woodward Corridor Musicians, a lively and talented group of performers who filled the Wernert Lounge with the classics last January. We are delighted to have this group return for another performance. Their mission is to create a musical environment in which urban and suburban communities will enjoy coming together. It is perfect for our setting at Manresa. Our Christmas Concert on December 9 will bring two very talented local performers together for a seasonal delight that will lift your holiday spirits. Chris Charboneau and Patty Ward combine to bring a melodious array of favorites and new songs in a wonderful blend of voice and piano. Don’t let your Christmas season pass without hearing these joyous sounds. In January (between the last playoff game and the Superbowl) we will be treated to the artistry of the Fleur de Lys Chamber Ensemble. The ensemble is an exciting and sought-after group within the Detroit Metropolitan area. Originally performing as the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Chamber Players, it was composed exclusively of members from that orchestra. The ensemble has since grown to include musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphony presenting concerts under its present name. Finally in March, do not miss the jazzy sounds of Jerry McKenzie’s “Just Jazz” as he enlivens Wernert Lounge with his gifted group of musicians. Jerry McKenzie’s Just Jazz is one of the metro area’s premier jazz groups. Jerry is a renowned jazz drummer from his Grammy Award years with the Stan Kenton Orchestra to his frequent performances with the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Stan Kenton Tribute Concerts in England, the Brookside Jazz Ensemble, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Johnny Trudell Orchestra. Do not miss this talented group! As in previous seasons, each concert will include an afterglow in Manresa’s dining room where listeners can savor light refreshments and beverages as they mingle with the artists. We look forward to welcoming you to these Sunday afternoons of enjoyment, enrichment and fellowship. by Pat Seibold, Concert Series Chair
Picnic; con’t from front At the dismissal, Bp. Hanchon advised attendees to “follow the smoke,” for the cooks and their helpers, provided by Manresa’s AA community, had already stoked the coals along a serving line for hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixings. This was quickly peopled by hungry picnickers, some with colorful streamers they received along the way, who bore their generously-stacked plates to waiting benches, blankets and folding chairs. The Swank Club, a three-piece band headed by Dennis Farac, began its set from the electrically amplified comfort of the gazebo. The afternoon continued with kids’ lawn games and tours of the retreat house led by Jerry and Carole Sugrue. Bp. Hanchon even joined Bob and Lee Kendell, Mary McKeon and Hugh Buchanan serving ice cream to the crowd, a perfect dessert for the warm day. The 200 cars in the event’s two parking areas suggested an attendance of over 400. Larry Hadley of Keego Harbor said, “This was my second Manresa picnic and, this year as last, I had just completed a weekend retreat that morning. The picnic was great, with lots of good food and an awesome band—just a fun, laid-back atmosphere for everyone. It provided a smooth transition from my retreat back into everyday life.” Ron Ezell and his wife, Peggy, of Troy invited her sister and a friend to join them at their first Manresa picnic. “The large number of young children made for a very enjoyable people-watching experience. You don’t know what pure joy is until you watch a 3-year-old eat a large ice cream cone (melting as it’s licked) after having finished both cookies and punch.” Ron expressed his resolve to attend future picnics at Manresa. As at previous picnics, tickets were sold for the Manresa Jesuit raffle but this year they had a new look: only 250 will be sold at $100 each for a grand prize of $5,000, a 2nd prize of $2,000 and a 3rd prize of $1,000. Hugh Buchanan explained that this way, the chances of any ticket winning are greatly increased over previous years. Some people are sharing the expense by teaming up to buy one or more tickets. The grand prize drawing will take place at this year’s Gala on September 22. As the coals cooled down and the canopies were being struck, volunteers Bob and Lee Kendell reflected on another successful picnic: “The day seemed so perfect as many volunteers generously committed their time and talent to this collective effort. Even the weather contributed to the day with a steady breeze and no rain! We think the Manresa family picnic is firmly in place as a cherished tradition.” Written by Paul Seibold
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The Spirit of Manresa Dinner-Auction The 9th Annual Spirit of Manresa A Celebration of Community! Dinner and Auction September 22nd at the Troy Marriott SAVE THE DATE
Manresa Jesuit Retreat House Celebrating Manresa On Its Mission
A Celebration of Community!
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Where: The Marriott – Detroit -- Troy 200 West Big Beaver Troy, Michigan 48084
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All are invited to the celebrate Manresa—a COMMUNITY OF COMMUNITIES—at our Cost: General Admission: $125 per person annual dinner gala. We’ve reduced the ticket price to $125, the program is simplified but the Benefactor: $250 per person fun and excitement will be the best ever. As The Benefactor Ticket includes a post-event celebration with the Jesuits in December. always, we will begin the evening with our Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:00 pm. Hors d’oeuvres Doors Open at 4:30 p.m. and cocktails, visiting time with friends, and, of Mass at 5:00 p.m. course, our Silent Auction will Hors D’oeuvres Cash Bar follow. We promise Raffles Games a very special Dinner Dancing dinner service to share with you. Honorary Chairs: Jim & Jacqueline Hicks
There will be a program to Bob & Patti Koval Joe & Ann Cornillie honor volunteers Jerry and Carole Sugrue; Andrew & Monica Moore Keller & Debi McGaffey and Mary McKeon will receive the Ignatian Reverend James Serrick, SJ Spirituality Award for her work supporting Steve & Susan Raymond women’s spirituality programs. Also, retreatant Bill Cohan will be recognized for his amazing For further information call Hugh Buchanan, Associate Director at accomplishment of the past 66 years. Oh, 248.644.4933 ext. 11 or visit our website: www.manresa-sj.org yes, and most importantly, we are celebrating Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Father Jim Serrick’s Golden Jubilee as a priest! Additionally, the gala event will feature a live auction with some incredible gifts (see the next page), some fun games and a special gift raffle, live music and dancing to the sounds of the Rick Lieder Band will round out the evening. Mike & Karen Brown
But the dinner auction is more than just a gathering, it is Manresa’s primary fundraiser and your support is crucial to us to sustain our mission. Manresa has served our community for 86 years by providing the opportunity for spiritual growth through retreats, workshops and day-long presentations to young and old alike. Although primary financial support for Manresa is derived from donations and gifts from those who come and participate, it is not enough … for Manresa maintains all are welcome to participate regardless of their ability to pay. There is much to celebrate, as Fr. Hyde indicated in his opening letter. … make plans to join us on September 22nd at the Marriott in Troy starting with the Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:00 pm. Browse the auction items on our website toward the end of August and, oh yes, take a look at the article on our new Manresa Jesuit Raffle…$5,000 is waiting for the right lucky person, and there are two other prizes as well! Page 4
The Spirit of Manresa Dinner-Auction A Celebration of Community! September 22nd at the Troy Marriott
Your evening with us will not disappoint … the Troy Marriott will be filled with a wonderful spirit. Come and be a part of our community on September 22nd! Live Auction Highlights • • • • •
Luxury Suite – Lions vs. Seahawks, October 28th Custom-Tailored Suit Hawaii at the Holidays Cottage Living for the Family at Walloon Lake A Grand Mackinaw Excursion
Silent Auction Highlights • • • •
Taste of the Town – A Sampling of Restaurants Theater and Shows A Seafood Extravaganza B & B Adventures
Manresa’s Women-to-Women Prayer Group warmly invites you to An Advent Tea at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House Monday, December 3, 2012 1 PM Reflections on the Annunciation and Visitation by Mary McKeon and Diane Neville 2 -3 PM Tea Please bring a friend Cost: $15 due November 29 For further info call 248-644-4933 Tickets may be purchased online or from the Front Office
Parties to Sign up for • • •
Bowling & Pizza at the DAC Chase the Winter Blues Away Euchre – More Than a Card Game Dancing to the music of The Rick Lieder Band
Be sure to visit our website and view the catalog of many of our auction items. If you choose, you may submit a “BUY IT NOW BID” for any item listed. You can buy the item for the listed price. Please see the rules for bidding on the website.
Christmas Open House with Lessons, Lights and Carols
Our Christmas Open House, on December 2, 2012, from 3 to 6 PM, is a perfect time to see and introduce others to the beauty of Manresa. The House will be decorated in its finest regalia thanks to many volunteer hands. Guided tours of the historic building are available as well as refreshments in our dining room and library. The day will close with Evensong beginning at about 5:30 PM. Come join us and make this one of your holiday traditions. MAKE A NOTE TO COME! December 2, 2012 Page 5
Employee Spotlight Betty Charbeneau We received a call from a young man from St. Hugo’s parish, Mario Pages, who belongs to Boy Scout Troop 1037. He was looking for an Eagle Scout project he could do on Manresa property. Mario is a member of the same troop who contributed the entrance landscaping and walkover deck on the nature trail, so we were very happy to entertain his project. After a walk around the property with Brother Mike O’Grady, Mario suggested he improve the ‘garden’ (a stretch of the meaning of the term at the time) in front of the Risen Christ statue just off the entrance road. When I went to look at the area, I found a memorial tree which succumbed to the ash borer on the hill behind the area, dedicated to Garth and Betty Charbeneau. Charbeneau was a name I knew; I worked with a Hank Charbeneau for many years while with Ford Motor’s Chesterfield Plant. Could the two be related? In fact, I found they were. It turns out Garth was Hank’s brother and that he worked at Manresa for about seven or eight years! There are many of Garth’s contributions to the landscape we have grown to appreciate, including the wooden bridges to the island, the construction of the foundations and erection of the statues of the Risen Christ along the entry road, St. Joseph near the Tuomey fountain and St. Thomas Aquinas in the large courtyard outside the main chapel. Garth
Betty in 1986 and again in 2012 in front of Manresa’s barn. was the principal maintenance man prior to Pete Luyckx (who has been here since Garth left, for the last 26 years.) Betty, it turns out, worked in the kitchen, sewed and repaired linens and generally helped in housekeeping where she could. Both lived on the second floor of the La Storta cottage where John and Kathy Daniels lived for a number of years and where Mary Ellen and I now reside. I contacted Betty and found out Garth died a number of years ago, but she accepted my invitation to re-visit Manresa with her daughter Monica Charbeneau. The visit was a wonderful success, reminiscing about old times and visiting old haunts. She brought a couple of pictures, one of which we tried to mimic with a current photo. (see above) She was very happy to see the work accomplished on the Risen Christ by Mario and the rest of the boys from Troop 1037 and smiled broadly when she saw the new tree in place at the top of the hill. She belongs to a long line of wonderful, faith-filled people who helped shape Manresa for us to enjoy. Thank you, Betty and Garth, and thank you Mario. Hugh Buchanan
Calling All Marthas Once again busy women (that’s you!) are invited to spend a reflective, spiritually enriching evening, visiting the home of Martha and Mary. If you cannot get away for an entire weekend retreat, this is an opportunity to come together with other women to experience the serenity and beauty of Manresa and to honor the Mary within. Come alone, or bring family and friends. The evening begins with dinner and shared conversation at 6 PM followed by a presentation, time for quiet prayer, and ends with a candlelight prayer service in the Chapel. This time we are blessed to have Sacred Heart Seminary’s Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway facilitating. Don’t miss this opportunity for shared prayer at Manresa.
Cultivating a Mary Heart in a Martha World Do you ever feel that your life is off-kilter? Do the challenges of everyday living, at times, seem overwhelming and certainly unrelated to holiness? How do we cultivate a Mary heart in a Martha world? Come and spend an evening with Dr. Patricia Cooney Hathaway as she provides insight as to how we nourish ourselves as we feed others.
September 26 Dinner at 6 PM - Presentation at 7 PM
Cost: $ 35 Register here
Upcoming Program Offerings at Manresa Registration: Credit card payment accepted by phone 248.644.4933 or online at www.manresa-sj.org or by check payable to Manresa. Mail to Manresa, 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-3554
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Praying with Ignatius of Loyola This prayer series, modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, is centered on the person of Jesus Christ. Each week, the prayers will reflect one of the four themes from the Exercises. Additionally, at our weekly meetings we will discuss various topics relating to Ignatian spirituality. Praying with Ignatius of Loyola offers an opportunity for spiritual growth while encountering Christ in new and deeper ways in Scripture and daily life. The format includes small group sessions for sharing. Participation requires weekly attendance and a commitment of 30 minutes of prayer each day. Facilitators: Mary McKeon, Diane Neville and Joe Olesnavage Mondays - September 17 through November 12, 2012 Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Cost: $90 per person; $150 per married couple
(includes registration fee of $25) Limit: 15 participants For Further Information: Contact Mary McKeon at Manresa 248.644.4933, ext. *817
Listen, share, learn, grow, affirm, support, awaken, relax, renew, nourish The Women-to-Women group will continue meeting in 2012, and you are warmly invited to join us for coffee, conversation, prayer and faith sharing. “Come As You Are” is our theme as we gather together to break open Scripture, to listen, and to share our stories. Life is challenging, and we all need to re-energize, to be heard, affirmed, spiritually nourished and renewed. Come when you can, come as you are, and grow with us in Christ. No registration necessary. When: Monday Mornings, September 10 and 24, October 15 and 29, November 12, December 3 and 17 beginning at 9:30 AM Coffee, 10:00 - 11:30 AM Prayer /Faith Sharing in the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House Library Facilitators: Mary McKeon and Diane Neville Donations are gratefully accepted.
Reading Seminar Christian Spirituality, Ignatian Style; Local and Global, Personal and Societal Leader: Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ Time: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30 PM Dates: September 11 & 25, October 9 & 30; November 13 & 27,December 11; January 8 & 22; February 5; March 5 & 19; April 2, 16 & 30. Cost: $300.00, made in two payments of $150.00 Note: Register with Manresa’s Front Office to reserve your place. Books to purchase: 1. The Call To Discernment in Troubled Times, Dean Brackley, SJ 2.The End of War, Paul K. Chappell 3.The Emergent Christ, Ilia Delio, OSF A few articles will be copied and distributed during class.
Christian Yoga Christian Yoga: For the Body, Mind and Spirit - Fall 2012 Maintaining our peace requires our ability to focus and to become quiet in order to be more present to the Spirit within. Yoga is a practice to help us get to our quiet center. The benefits of yoga affect our whole being. Yoga is a practice that integrates the whole of our being: mind, body and spirit. We will focus on our breath, alignment of our bodies while deeply stretching and gently move into a quiet space within for meditation. Join us at Manresa for this healthy, healing practice in an atmosphere of prayer, sacred music and the support of each other. Leader: Grace Seroka, Graduate of the Ignatian Spirituality Program Certified Instructor and member of Yoga Association of Greater Detroit Dates: Monday Evenings: All classes – 5:30 – 6:45 pm Session 1 Sept. 17 and 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Session 2 Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17 Cost: Session I can be prepaid with $70 or as a drop in at $12 per class. Session 2 can be prepaid with $60 or as a drop in at $12 per class. Payments may be made by cash or check the day of the class. Please bring your exercise mat and blanket or towel. Page 7
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The Cor Jesu Program The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life September to May
Walter Farrell, SJ Memorial Seminar Unlocking the Teachings of Vatican II – Begins September 17
Would you like to make a thirty-day retreat, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, but do not have a month to spare? St. Ignatius foresaw this situation and provided for it so that you could pray and reflect on the meditations and themes of the Spiritual Exercises even in the midst of your ordinary daily life. The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life require a commitment of 60 to 90 minutes of daily prayer centered on specific Scripture selections and a weekly meeting with a director for a period of about nine-months. Readiness for this intensive retreat ordinarily grows out of shorter directed retreats, daily prayer, and regular spiritual direction with someone who reflects with you on your experience of God in prayer. This is a way to grow in prayer; to develop a real and personal relationship with God; to see more clearly God’s presence in creation, your personal life story and current life circumstances; to know Jesus more intimately, love Him more deeply, and follow Him more closely.
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, it behooves us to take a closer look at what the Council contributed to the life of the Church. Speakers from Sacred Heart Seminary, University of Detroit Mercy and from area parishes will address 20 key conciliar passages which will help us to see the vision of the Council Fathers. We will look at the Council from the perspective of what the Fathers hoped for, what they accomplished and applications today for the Church in the Third Millennium.
If you are ready for this retreat experience, Manresa can guide you to an appropriate director, a man or woman who has made the Exercises, has been prepared to walk with you through them, and can help you discover how to pray and how God is leading you. And this is a good time of the year to begin. We recommend beginning this retreat in early September so that the usual sequence of prayer and reflection can be in harmony with the celebrations of the liturgical year. Tuition is $640 in eight monthly installments and a onetime copying fee of $25. If you are interested, contact Ann Dillon at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House for further details and information by email or at 248.644.4933
The required texts are: • Keys to the Council, by Richard Gaillardetz and Catherine Clifford • The Documents of Vatican II, ed. by Walter Abbott, SJ Coordinator: Rev. Ken Kaucheck Dates: Mondays, September 17 – November 19 7 PM – 9 PM Cost: $150 A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for this seminar.
The Story of David – Begins September 18 The figure of David has stirred imaginations for over 2500 years. Shepherd, musician, bandit, king, favorite of God, adulterer and murderer. David has been romanticized and vilified, his very existence questioned, his accomplishments exaggerated or denied. Just who is David? What are we to make of his story? And what does it tell us about human failures and frailty, and the love and fidelity of God? Facilitator: Janis Fletcher Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Sept 18; Oct 2, 16 & 30; Nov 13 & 27; Dec 11
Cost: $75 ($40 for additional family members) Cost includes a nonrefundable registration fee of $20 ($10 for additional family members). Register by mailing $20 deposit check to Janis Fletcher 28511 Lathrup Blvd, Lathrup Village, MI 48076 by September 9, 2012. Please include address, phone number and email address. For further information, contact Jan at 248.569-2802 or Scripturewithjan@yahoo.com. Page 8
Weekend Workshops: The Discernment of Spirits According to St. Ignatius of Loyola December 7 through December 9, 2012 This workshop includes: • An analysis of Ignatius’ principles for discerning the movements of God and the Evil One in us • Practice using these principles with case studies •
Time for discussion in small and large group settings
Presenters: Father Bernie Owens, S.J. and Ann Dillon Dates: Friday, December 7 (7:30 PM) until Sunday, December 9, 2012 (12:30 PM) Cost: $195.00 for residents; $155.00 for commuters Registration deadline: December 1, 2012 Register with Ann Dillon by sending your name, address, phone number and $40 non-refundable check made payable to Manresa. (Registration fee applicable to cost of weekend.) Using your credit card, you may also register by email (email@example.com) or by phone (248-644-4933).Once you have made your deposit to Manresa, pre-workshop reading and study notes will be mailed to you.
Where is God in Suffering? Understanding the Meaning and Spiritual Possibilities in Human Suffering Themes to be addressed: • How Does God Work in This World: Two Approaches to Suffering • Old Testament Approach: Why Me, O God? • New Testament Approach: Help Me, O God! • How Does Jesus Save us from Suffering? • All Powerful and All Loving? An Approach to Divine Providence Presenter: Fr. Richard J. Hauser, S.J., Professor of Theology, Creighton University in Omaha, NE Dates: Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11, 2012 Weekend begins at 7:30 PM on Friday and ends with lunch at 12:35 PM on Sunday Place: Colombiere Retreat & Conference Center 9075 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, MI 48347 Cost: $195 Single room, no bathroom. $165 Commuter, includes all meals. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required. (Participants can prepare for this workshop by reading Fr. Hauser’s book Finding God in Troubled Times, Loyola Press, $13.95)
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Follow the River Meditation October 16, 2012 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Discover the incredible presence of God in your life at the Rouge River on the grounds of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. You are invited to follow the river and pause at seven unique locations with a guided meditation at each spot. Spend some time outdoors in the autumn reflecting on Scripture and the wisdom reflected in water and in God's changing creation. This unique morning will include Mass, a time of individual reflection, a time to share with others and a time to praise and worship Our Lord. An outdoor movement (Christian Yoga) to Canticle to the Sun will be offered. A light lunch is included. Bring appropriate shoes for walking and a portable chair if you desire. The entire walking distance is short and is handicap friendly. Facilitators: Brother Mike O'Grady, SJ and Grace Seroka Cost: $35 includes lunch
Donor Spotlight Without exaggeration, it is safe to say that the Captains and Lieutenants who recruit for Manresa’s retreats are one of our greatest assets. These dedicated volunteers spend countless hours calling, reminding and sometimes cajoling others to reserve their annual retreat. One of the most successful (and beloved) recruiters is Bob Tuomey from St. Anastasia Parish. Bob claims his motivation stems from his competitive nature. He prides himself on filling up the House so there is no more room, more full than any other weekend. Once, he claims, Fr. McGrail met him at the door as he checked in for his retreat and told him, “No more, Bob, we have no more beds!” Not to worry, Father, was the reply. And up drove a semi-truck. Bob had not only recruited 88 retreatants, he had arranged for all the extra beds, sheets and pillows they would need for the weekend. Bob was instrumental in introducing hundreds of retreatants to Manresa over the years. One of them was Walter Schwartz who, in turn, introduced his son, George. Bob and Walter began coming to Manresa shortly after the war in 1945, George said, and came pretty much every year since. Bob would bring a rollaway and place it in the women’s bathroom and sleep there if he had to when the house was full. One year, they used the motel down the street to handle the overflow. At one point, George realized Bob’s contribution to Manresa should be acknowledged. He met with Fr. Serrick, Executive Director at the time, and they decided on a fountain to be dedicated in Bob’s honor. In 2003 the the fountain was installed as a tribute to Bob. Bob has made retreats every year for 63 years. This year is the first that Bob was not able to make his retreat. His doctor told him no, he was too weak. But Bob continues to recruit from his hospital bed where he holds court in the living room of his house. His group continues as one of the largest of the year. While not everyone will be as effective at recruiting as Bob, everyone can invite a son or a daughter, as Walter did, or invite a neighbor. Make it your goal to bring 2 new people to your retreat this year. You may not get a fountain in your honor, but your effort will make a huge difference in their lives and go a long way in helping Manresa stem declining retreat enrollment by keeping our House full.
Retreat Houses Closing With sadness I share the news that two New York Province Jesuit Retreat Houses will close their doors permanently as of June 1, 2013. The announcement stated simply, “The model of maintaining retreat houses is no longer financially viable or consistent with this new vision. Our Superior General, Father Adolfo Nicolas, reminds us that renewing our apostolates in response to the needs of the people of God may at times require leaving places where we have served.” As I reflect upon these closings, I am so grateful for the many generous donors who give to Manresa, and for the dedicated staff who keep expenses in check. At the same time I realize that Manresa continues to face future challenges and is as much at risk as any organization. We can no longer take it for granted that Manresa will be here for our children and grandchildren. With that thought in mind, I encourage you to consider a gift to Manresa’s McGrail Fund. A planned or outright gift to this fund (which serves similar to an endowment fund) will greatly help maintain and enhance Manresa’s future financial stability. You will be instrumental in helping Manresa develop a self-sustaining financial plan that ensures that our children and grandchildren will blessed, as we all have been, with this “spiritual oasis” that is Manresa. You will find an envelope in the newsletter or you may give online at www.manresa-sj.org.
by Rita Tinetti
A planned gift need not be large to be of great value to Manresa. A small sliver of your estate will do wonders in helping maintain our mission. For instance, designating Manresa as beneficiary of a small percentage of your Life Insurance, IRA or 401K may be the easiest, most costeffective and tax-advantageous way you can accomplish your gift. There are many other ways that may suit your situation more appropriately. Please let us know your intentions regarding planned giving. We would like to honor you if you have made arrangements or help you if you need suggestions for giving a gift. Manresa will, of course, respect your privacy. One of the most popular places of prayer on the grounds, the Tuomey Fountain has drawn hundreds to sit and listen to the soothing waters tumbling over the courses of rock. There is something therapeutic about the setting which brings wholesomeness, peace and a secure understanding that God is close.
A River Runs Through It Manresa is the grateful recipient of a “plant grant” through the generosity of REI, a premier outdoor gear and sporting goods store located in Troy, Northville and Ann Arbor and The Friends of the Rouge, a Dearborn-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River. These organizations provided enough native-species plants to create a 200 square foot garden along Manresa’s riverbank. Volunteers from Shrine Boy Scout Troop 1634 helped prepare the site, plant it and clean up the area. Because the plants, such as Hairy beardtongue, Monkey-flower and Threelobed Coneflower, evolved under local conditions, the plants will not need any additional fertilizer or insecticides to survive. The roots will grow deep, stabilizing the soil and preventing localized erosion. As the plants grow, they will provide habitat for wild life and will help control invasive plants to preserve the biodiversity. The garden will provide a lovely spot to pause for prayer and reflection. Manresa is documenting the environmentally-sound development of the garden photographically and will share the photos at a new event, Reflections on Creation, a Garden and Environmental Workshop planned for June 28, 2013. Participants in the workshop will be able to compare the before and after of the site as experts describe the benefits of native planting and explain the importance of restoring the Rouge River. This will be the first time its 86-year-old history that Manresa has partnered with Friends of the Rouge to present such a workshop.
The event will be both educational and fun for all ages. The day will include a boutique offering garden and environmentrelated information and products, a bucket raffle, music, food and several speakers. Along with presenters from the Friends of Rouge, talks will be given by scientists from the Cranbrook Institute of Science, master gardeners and other environmental experts. Fr. Bernie Owens will talk about the Spirituality of Nature. Tours of the house and gardens will be offered. The proceeds from the workshop (fee tbd) will benefit the upkeep of Manresa’s 39 acres and other capital projects. Please contact Rita Tinetti if you know of any businesses who wish to participate in the Garden Boutique or who would consider sponsoring the event or placing an ad in the program. Please save the date and plan to attend with your family and friends.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: September 22, 2012
Spirit of Manresa Gala
December 3, 2012
Advent Tea and Reflection
February 12, 2013
Mardi Gras Party
March 1, 2013
Spirit and Art: Leadership Banquet at the DIA Keynote Speaker: Fr. Peter Fennessy
June 28, 2013
Reflections on Creation, a Garden and Environmental Workshop
Mark your calendar and plan to join us.
Manresa gratefully acknowledges the following Honorarium and Memorial gifts: In Honor of Robert and Lenore Kendall Michael Taglione In Honor of Manresa Jesuit Volunteers Robert Livingston In Honor of Ron Leinweber Paul and Cecelia Yee In Memory of A. B. Chettle Gregory Denlea In Memory of Robert James Judy Daley Jane Decker Rudolph and Joan Egner Mary Joan James Alan Kopack Jean H. Lopus Eileen J. Murphy Gary Otto Colleen V Ronayne Mary Scheible Diane M. Sheffrey R. J. Stando Mary Ann Tyranski
Woods of Northville Condo Assoc. Mary Zakrzewski Thomas and Theresa Zakrzewski In Memory of Madeline Kaucheck Phyllis and Cal Look Charlotte Weekes In Memory of Hazel Lampros Scott and Cathy Barnes Susan and Thomas Bodette Joseph and Noda Deuschle Patrick Fragel Brenda Maran Ella Millen Donna and Timothy Robinson Mark and Mary Slowinski Paul and Susan Story M. Eileen Walsh Lawrence Wilhelm In Memory of Renaldo Maffezzoli Sharon Aratari Chiarina Aratari Daniel Bober
James and Florence Celeski Marlene Chamberlain Mildred Dallacqua Angelo Fedele Richard Kern Otto Kern Mike Kojaian Michael and Jane Leither Lormax Stern Development Co., LLC Wade and Christine Migliore Adriano and Christie Paciocco Margarita and Charles Peterson Paul and Beverly Schmidt Jennifer Simon Julie Ann Stahl Thomas and Marcy Totte Ron and Terry Wiktor Brian Zech In Memory of Andrew Seidel Brenda Williams In Memory of Ben Thomas Jacqueline Thomas
Stations of the Cross Renovation Update Manresa’s renovation of the Stations of the Cross is underway! On June 20, with the complete work plan ready, materials delivered and sun shining, work commenced. Wayne and Tim from Booms Stone were immediately struck by the peace and beauty of the surroundings of their latest project. Wayne, who is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in Anchorville, said, “I love what I do but it is always extra special when it is a project religious in nature.” Wayne laughed as he shared the crews’ shock when a mouse jumped out of a pipe right by his face as they dismantled the rusted interior structure. “There must have been a whole family in there. Every now and then, as the men worked, you would hear an ‘Eeek’ as a mouse made its escape, and it wasn’t the mouse doing the squeaking.”
Wayne from Booms Stone works on the base of the Fifth Station. Rebar is attached to the base of the station and then corresponding holes are drilled into the cement footing. This design, along with the permanent epoxy the workers use, ensures that the stations will remain upright and plumb for hundreds of years.
Booms Stone began with 2 stations, the third and the fourth (first two across the river). They dismantled and rebuilt those two to “prove out their process” and test the design. Then they moved on to the others. Each piece of the station “puzzle” is carefully placed, shimmed and adjusted to be plumb and level. The stations weigh a total of nearly 2 tons, with individual pieces 200-400 lbs. each. Tim and Wayne wrap the stones with heavy duty straps and, with a heave and a grunt, inch the stone in place. Once the stations are in position, Kenny Weikal, our landscape designer from Torre and Bruglio, will artfully design the wrapping of the original tufa stone to create the illusion of the new growing out of the old. The stations should be finished around August 22nd, if the weather cooperates. With temperatures hovering in 3 digits, some afternoons have been too hot to attempt this intensive physical labor.
Jack Greening confers with Wayne from Booms Stone. The original stations were donated by Jack’s family. The current Greening Family initiated the renovation and have adopted several of the stations in memory of family members.
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March 1, 2013 Mark your calendar Fr. Peter Fennesy, SJ will be featured as the Keynote Speaker at Manresa’s inaugural Leadership Award Banquet scheduled for March 1, 2013. This exciting new event will be held at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the incomparable Kresge Court. Fr. Peter will build on his well-received Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus talk by discussing prayer and art, highlighting many pieces found in the DIA’s permanent collection. The evening will include docent-led tours of DIA’s Sacred Art from many cultures. Manresa’s Leadership Award and Lifetime Achievemennt Award recipients will be announced that night. Page 12
Light in the Darkness Prayer Ministry Check out the new Facebook and website address for the Light in the Darkness Prayer Ministry. Continue to join us as Good Samaritans for Christ. Pray with us to ask God to shine His light into areas of great darkness in today’s world.
Bill Wittenberg, Spiritual Director
2012 MANRESA JESUIT RAFFLE – ORDER HERE Our Manresa Jesuit Raffle has a new look and offers a significantly better opportunity for everyone to win the grand prize! And we are pleased to announce that you can get in on the action now! The ticket cost is $100 BUT sales will be limited to 250 tickets – instead of having the odds of winning at 1 in 1,500; you will have three chances in 250 to win one of the prizes – oh, the grand prize is $5,000. The raffle contributes significantly to the financial support of Manresa – our goal this year is to raise $15,000. First prize this year is $5,000 in cash – BUT WAIT, WE HAVE MORE -- there will be a second prize of $2,000 and a third prize of $1,000. The winning tickets will be drawn at our Annual Dinner Auction on September 22nd (and you do not need to be present to win). Tickets are on sale now (and they are going fast!); You can reserve your tickets by mailing back the enclosed MANRESA JESUIT RAFFLE TICKET Post Card Order Form or submitting your order online through our website (www.manresasj.org). Consider sharing the cost of the ticket (and the winnings) by pooling the resources of a group of friends – your odds of winning don’t change. So, to help Manresa on Its Mission, send in your order now. BUT WAIT, WE STILL HAVE MORE TO OFFER YOU … Help us sell MANRESA JESUIT RAFFLE tickets and you may be able to win $1,000 in our special Seller Award Drawing. Here’s how the program works. Sell 10 Manresa Jesuit Raffle Tickets and receive 1 chance in the Seller Rewards Drawing for a $1,000 Cash Award. Sell 20 tickets and receive 2 chances; 30 tickets and receive 3 chances … and so forth. Your chance of winning will depend on the number of successful sellers we end up with … if only ten people sell ten tickets, you will have a one in ten chance of winning the $1,000 prize. The name of the Rewarded Seller will also be drawn on September 22, 2012 following the Grand Prize Drawing of the Manresa Jesuit Raffle. If you can help us sell the raffle tickets, send in your order now using the enclosed post card (oh, you can do this online or by phone too). Please see the attachments for more information and ideas to help you sell these tickets! Here are some things you can do to more quickly sell our Manresa Jesuit Raffle Tickets: Remind buyers that the odds of winning a prize in the Manresa Jesuit Raffle are 3 chances in 250 ... not 1 in 15,000 as you would normally expect for a raffle. • Have several individuals pool their money to buy a single Manresa Jesuit Raffle Ticket ... for instance have 4 people each contribute $25 to buy a chance on winning a quarter share in the possible prizes. • Form a sales team that collectively sells 10 Manresa Jesuit Raffle Tickets and submit your collective name as the seller for a chance in our Rewards Drawing. MANRESA JESUIT RAFFLE – ORDER HERE •
Peter Kreher just turned 60.
60 years from now he will still be supporting Manresa’s McGrail Fund. As an insurance agent, Peter knows the value of planning ahead. Peter’s gift to Manresa of permanent life insurance will continue to support Manresa’s programs long after he is gone. Peter planned ahead for those he holds dear, including Manresa.
To learn more about the many ways you can give a planned gift to Manresa, call Rita Tinetti 248-644-4933 ext. 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org Page 13
Making a Good Decision: A Workshop on Ignatian Discernment
Announcing the 2012-2013 Manresa Concert Series
Are you faced with having to make a decision? For example:
Classical Return Engagement October 7 2012 Featuring: The Woodward Corridor Musicians
Should I go to this or that school? Should I look for a new job or stay where I am? Should I stay in this relationship or not? Should I care for my ailing parent at home or in a nursing home? If so, then this workshop is for you! Workshop participants will learn the basics of St. Ignatius’ teachings on discernment so they can begin to apply these practical rules to a concrete decision, major or minor, in their lives. Some of the questions to be answered include: What can our feelings tell us about God’s will for us? How do I know when to act on my decision? Reflection materials will be mailed to participants prior to the workshop to make the most of our time together. Facilitators: Annmarie Cano, Ph.D., Fr. Bernie Owens, SJ, Mary McKeon, Mary Jane Roraff When: Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 2pm‐7:30pm Cost: $50 (includes readings, postage, and dinner)
Register here To Register: Mail a $20 deposit (to be applied toward the cost of the workshop) to Manresa Jesuit Retreat House by October 25 (checks payable to “Manresa”). You may also register and pay for the workshop with a credit card by emailing or calling the Manresa Office. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address with your registration. Manresa Jesuit Retreat House 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (248) 6444933, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Fr. Joe Pereira at Manresa!
October 17 A date you want to keep open! On October 17, Manresa will be honored to host Fr. Joe Pereira from India as he visits Detroit and Milwaukee. Fr. Joe is well known in India for his work in Healing Meditation and Yoga. He will offer a session in the afternoon on October 17 at Manresa and another in the evening. There will be time for discussion after each session. Look for details in September on Manresa’s website www.manresa-sj.org or pick up a flyer in Manresa’s lobby. Page 14
Wine and Cheese & Hors D’Oeuvres Following the performance
Christmas Cavalcade December 9, 2012
Featuring: Chris Charboneau & Patty Ward Seasonal Baked Goods Eggnog/Coffee/Tea & other Treats Following the performance
January Classics January 27, 2013 Featuring: FLEUR DE LYS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Wine and Cheese & Hors D’Oeuvres Following the performance
Jerry McKenzie’s Just Jazz March 3, 2013 Wine, New Orleans Fare & Other Delectables Following the performance
Individual Concert & Series tickets now available: Series of 4 concerts: $75 or single concerts $25 each Tickets at the door are limited to availability
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Fall Retreat Schedule REGISTER HERE The autumn retreat schedule is listed below for your convenience. Many of you will recognize your weekend, but still many others may have missed their retreat last spring or would like to attend another weekend. There are openings available as the schedule indicates below. If you would like to attend a retreat, please register by calling Manresa at 248.644.4933 or by using the easy and secure on-line registration at our website ( www.manresa-sj.org ). Upcoming Retreats Conference Retreats for Men Date Patron/Description 8/24 – 25 Fr. Jack Schuett, SJ AA Retreat for Men 9/ 7 – 9 St. Stephan Pongracz, SJ 9/14 – 16 Blessed Sebasitan Kimura, SJ 10/ 5 – 7 St. Francis Borgia, SJ 10/13 – 16 St. John Ogilvie, SJ 10/26 – 28 St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ 11/ 2 – 4 Blessed Rupert Mayer, SJ 11/ 9 – 11 St. Stanislaus Kostka, SJ 11/30 – 12/4 St. Francis Xavier, SJ
Director Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ Fr. Tim Babcock Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ Fr. Steve Hurd, SJ Fr. Tim Babcock Fr. Tom Ryan, SJ Fr. Jim Serrick, SJ Fr. Tim Babcock
Openings 24 26 27 29 16 25 29 27 0- waiting list
Conference Retreats for Women Date 9/18 – 20 9/28 – 30 10/18 – 21 11/16 – 18 11/23 – 25
Patron/Description Blessed Francisco Garate, SJ St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ St. Dominic Collins, SJ Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ Fr. Edward Dowling, SJ AA Retreat for Women
Director Mrs. Mary McKeon Fr. Jim Serrick, SJ Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ TBA
Openings 15 31 28 29 49
Conference Retreats for Men and Women Date Patron/Description Director 9/21 – 23 Manresa Inner Healing Retreat Fr. John Esper & Debbie Tourville
A Retreat in an Afternoon Many people have said that they wished there were an opportunity for some kind of spiritual tune-up between their annual retreats. Twelve months is such a long time to go without some kind of revitalization. Manresa is now offering a special afternoon for all those who have experienced a retreat to renew their retreat experience. It is also an excellent opportunity to introduce a friend or family member to Manresa. The day will include a talk or discussion, time for private prayer/devotion, the celebration of One of the great traditions of Manresa Matters Reconciliation and Eucharist and dinner to complete the evening. is the listing on the back cover the names of the It is a retreat in miniature and provides a special time of intimacy retreatants who have received a pin (15 retreats) a with the Lord. Come and see. Time: 2:00 PM until 7 PM. You can crest (25 retreats) or a blazer/necklace (50 retreats) or who have died. Manresa tries to be accurate, but arrive as early as 1:30 PM. REGISTER HERE occasionally someone may be missed. If you have Cost: $30, payable upon arrival. There is no charge earned one of these honors and have not seen your for members of the Lay Retreatants League. name listed, please contact the Front Office. We will Dates: be happy to acknowledge your accomplishment in the Sunday – November 18, 2012 next issue of Manresa Matters. Also, notify the Front Sunday – September 16, 2012 Sunday – February 17, 2013 Office if you know of a retreatant’s death. We want Sunday – October 21, 2012 Sunday – March 17, 2013 to share the sad news with the community so we can all pray with the family and loved ones. Page 15
Jesuit Retreat House 1390 Quarton Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-3554 (248) 644-4933 · www.manresa-sj.org
Retreatant Awards—March to July 2012 Manresa Pin—presented on the 15th Retreat
Manresa Crest—presented on the 25th Retreat
James C. Clemens
James P. Fidler
Helen Essa OP
Manresa Blazer/Necklace—presented on the 50th Retreat William Barkey, Jr.
Deceased Members of the Manresa Family March - July 2012 John Browne
John G. Crowley
John Reuter-St.Anastasia-St. Alan 66
James Judge Jr.
Manresa Ladies I
John J. Cooney
Holy Name-St. Regis- St. Owen
Manresa Ladies Ford Tractor