Manresa Scholars


Manresa was the site of a transformational experience in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). There, he spent much time in prayer and discernment about his calling or “vocation” to serve God. Ignatius also composed written notes about his experiences which would later be developed into his classic work, the Spiritual Exercises.

Drawing upon the wisdom of St. Ignatius, the Manresa Scholars Program invites junior and senior students to explore and discern a call to Christian ministry and service through field experience in the Milwaukee community and to reflect upon that experience through the lens of Ignatian spirituality and discernment.

Field placement sites are primarily places of economic need and typically include neighboring congregations, a renewal center serving the urban poor, an Archdiocesan parish or agency, or another ministry site suited to the Scholar’s gifts.

Spiritual formation with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality and discernment is also a key component of the program. Formation activities include group prayer, reflection and discussion, individual spiritual direction, and an annual retreat.

An $8000 tuition scholarship will be awarded to each Scholar accepted to the program for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please note that receipt of this partial-tuition scholarship may affect other parts of the Scholar’s financial aid package.

Please contact Annie Devine in Campus Ministry for more information.


Campus Ministry

The office of Campus Ministry is located in room 236 of the Alumni Memorial Union. A dedicated staff is available throughout the day to provide you with a wealth of information. If you are searching for a worship space, they can help you find a suitable space on or off campus. They can also inform you of the many service opportunities we offer. Read More ...