Manresa Retreat

Manresa Retreat

Step back from your busy life to think about how your major and future career fit in with who you really are. It is an opportunity to have real conversations with other students about finding and pursuing passions, relax and discover meaning and purpose in your life.

Manresa by the Sea Retreat

Considered a cornerstone experience, Manresa is a free Friday-Saturday overnight retreat open only to Woods College students. 

The Fall 2024 Retreat will take place as follows:

October 18-19 | Sisters of St. Joseph’s Home in Nahant, MA.


  • Overnight bag with toiletries
  • Participants are expected to arrive on Friday any time after 3 p.m. and depart on Saturday after 6 p.m.



4:00 p.m.

Arrive, tour, drop bags

7:00 p.m.


8:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

How do you show up? Examen

9:00 p.m.

Downtime, Ice breakers, board games



8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast; Self-service

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Discernment discussion

What’s my purpose ..what are my gifts/talents…share with generosity?

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Quiet time to reflect

10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Large group share

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.


Boston College is rooted in a worldview that calls us to learn, search for truth, and to live in service to others. What do these values mean to you?

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Emmaus Walk Reflection

We are part of a community called BC

3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Large group sharing

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. 


6:00 p.m.


The retreat is free for Woods students.  Transportation is available if needed.

Memories of the Manresa Retreats

Sisters of St. Joseph House, Nahant, MA


Manresa Retreat Participants with the ocean in the background

Fall 2023 Manresa Retreat participants

Manresa Retreat Spring 2023 group of students
Manresa Retreat Spring 2023 group of students walking oudoors
Manresa Retreat Fall 2022 group of students and priest
Manresa Retreat Spring 2023 group of students
Manresa Retreat Spring 2023 view of the ocean
Manresa Retreat Fall 2022 group of students
Manresa Retreat Spring 2023 students
Manresa Retreat Fall 2022 student helping with breakfast
Manresa Retreat Fall 2022 students attending a talk and reflection
Manresa Retreat journals