Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Faculty Perspectives

Beth Knobel, Ph.D. (Communications and Media Studies)

Teaching in the Manresa program has truly been a wonderful experience, and not quite like anything else at Fordham. I got to know the students in my Manresa course really well, seeing them twice a week in our small seminar and meeting with them one-on-one as their advisor. And they got to know me well, too, not only during our class discussions but also during our out-of-class activities.

For my course, "The Power of News: An Introduction to Press, Politics and Public Policy," our activities included watching the presidential debates together, rooting for our candidates as the returns came in on Election Night 2012, and taking a fun field trip to The New York Times to witness the creation of news first-hand.

It has been deeply fulfilling for me to have the chance to bond with a group of first-years, whom I wouldn't get to teach otherwise, and to help them adjust to college life. And I hope they appreciated having someone on the faculty who was also always ready to act as a resource. That's why I urge every incoming student I meet—and every colleague—to try to get into the Manresa program. It's truly special!

Rev. Thomas Scirghi, S.J., Th.D. (Theology)

In a dark cave in Manresa, Spain, Ignatius of Loyola was enlightened. Ignatius, "the pilgrim," would pray in the cave for hours each day. And then he experienced a vision—an encounter with God after which all creation acquired a new meaning, and the pilgrim was able to find God in all things.

The Manresa Program here at Rose Hill, an integrated learning community, spreads this vision. Through study, service, and community life, our students learn to find God in all things. The study of the liberal arts hones the mind and the senses to discern God's presence in the world. The service program links theory with practice, as students make a gift of themselves for others. Back in "the house," at Jogues [Loyola] Hall, they share experience with one another, forming a nourishing community. The vision from the Manresa cave shines on the campus in the Bronx.

Student Perspectives

Victoria Cappucci, FCRH 2016

Applying to the Manresa Program was one of the best decisions I made upon entering Fordham. The program's goal of spiritually, mentally, and academically transforming its students is fulfilled by passionate professors and mentors. Dr. Parmach's The Lost Interlocutor: Philosophy of Human Nature class was especially intellectually stimulating as he discussed philosophical tenets in such a way that would affect us in new relationships, conflict resolution, and academia. This exemplified the effort the Manresa faculty made to make its students feel comfortable in fostering new bonds while creating a fervent atmosphere that transcended each member.

Additionally, through the Manresa lectures, dinners, volunteer opportunities, and symposia, I began to discover what I wanted out of my college experience, as did the friends I made along the way. The members within the community are tight-knit, considerate, and driven, which created an amicable, energizing, and ultimately inspiring environment that we all called home.

Grant Bolles, FCRH 2016

Being in the Manresa Program brought me closer together with both my professors and my fellow Jogues residents. The class sizes are kept small which allowed my fellow "interlocutors" and me to become familiar with each other not just as students, but as individuals. The relationships formed in a Manresa class will extend far beyond the classroom. The community is dedicated to following core Jesuit values and allowed me many opportunities for learning and providing service to others. Manresa helped me grow as both a learner and as a human being.

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