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The Manresan clubs of Saint Louis have a long and illustrious history born out of laymen's desire to experience the benefits of Ignatian Spirituality on a basis more frequent than that of an annual Jesuit-led retreat. The movement continues today, offering men and women an opportunity to share their faith and experiences of Ignatian Spirituality with others. The mission of the Manresan Society is to provide a monthly renewal for White House retreatants under the guidance of Jesuits.

White House retreats and Manresans share common origins established over 80 years ago. Both reinforce and reflect upon the vision of St. Ignatius Loyola. During World War I, a group of laymen making annual retreats began meeting monthly to share their faith dialogue. The first group of 12, formed in 1921 and known as Loyola, became the first Manresan Club in the United States. In 1921, a second group formed and called themselves Francis Xavier. Thus, the Manresan Society was born.


There are a number of groups regularly meeting around the St. Louis area. We invite you to stop by any of the meetings listed below and experience the Manresan Society for yourself. For information about a particular meeting, please feel free to contact the group leader directly.



First Friday Club

Leader: Pete Benoist pete.benoist@gmail.com

Moderator: Fr. David Suwalsky, SJ

Meet on: 1st Friday

Meet at: Following 8am Mass

Location: DeSmet Jesuit High School (Chapel/Conference Room)


Journeyers (Women's Group)

Leader: Gay Noonan gay@noonanstl.com

Moderator: NA

Meet on: 3rd Monday

Meet at: 7:00 PM

Location: Ste. Genevieve du Bois Rectory Meeting Room


Our Lady of Lourdes Manresan Club


Leader: Mary Burke hapandmaryburke@sbcglobal.net

Moderator: Fr. Robert O'Toole, S.J.

Meet on: 3rd Friday

Meet at: 7:00 AM

Location: Our Lady of Lourdes (U City) Parish Center (right across from the church on southwest corner of Forsyth and Ashbury)

SLUH Class of 1971

Leader: Joe Castellano joe.castellano@me.com

Moderator: Fr. Paul Sheridan, SJ

Meet on: 3rd Thursday

Meet at: Immediately following the 7:20 AM Mass in SLUH’s chapel

Location: SLUH


St. Louis U High Alumni Manresan Club

Leader: Halpin (Hap) Burke hapandmaryburke@sbcglobal.net

Moderator: Fr. Michael Marchlewski, SJ

Meet on: 4th Friday (may be changing to 3rd)

Meet at:  7:15 AM with optional Mass at 6:45 AM

Location: St. Louis U High second floor conference room in the north wing with Mass in the chapel adjacent. Please park in the St. Louis Science Center parking lot.


The Francis Conference

Leader: Mike Grojean michaelgrojean@gmail.com

Moderator: Fr. Chris Pinne’ SJ

Meet on: 3rd Tuesday

Meet at: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Jesuit Hall at SLU


Our Lady of Lourdes Manresan Club


Leader: Laura Clark cradlepress@yahoo.com

Moderator: Fr. John Padberg, S.J.

Meet on: 3rd Monday

Meet at: 7:00 PM

Location: Our Lady of Lourdes (U City) Parish Center (right across from the church on southwest corner of Forsyth and Ashbury)


Our Lady of Lourdes Manresan Club


Leader: Skip Dulle oad@dulleco.com

Moderator: Fr. John Padberg, S.J.

Meet on: 2nd Friday

Meet at: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Location: Our Lady of Lourdes (U City) Parish Center (right across from the church on southwest corner of Forsyth and Ashbury)

St. John de Brebeuf Manresan Club

Leader: Bob Matschiner rmatschiner@gmail.com

Moderator: Fr. John Folzenlogen, SJ

Meet on: 1st Tuesday

Meet at: 7:00 PM

Location: Jesuit Hall

St. Stanislaus Manresan Club

Leader: Rick Weber fjweber@mindspring.com

Moderator: Fr. Jerome Neyrey, SJ

Meet on: 3rd Thursday

Meet at: 7:00 PM

Location: DeSmet Jesuit High School

Pro Manresan Club

Leader: Jay McGillick mcgillickjay@stmaryshs.com

Moderator: N/A

Meet on: 2nd Monday

Meet at: 7:00 PM

Location: St. Gerard Majella Parish Hall

Sts. John, Paul & James Manresan Group

Leader: Don Holdener dojoholdener@hotmail.com

Moderator: Fr. James Swetnam, SJ

Meet on: 2nd Thursday of each month

Meet at: 12:15 PM meet for Mass, meeting following Mass

Location: Jesuit Hall


If you are a member of a Manresan group and the information for your meeting needs to be updated, please contact Joe Parisi at joep@whretreat.org .

For information on starting your own Manresan Group CLICK HERE.