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Faculty and Staff Perspectives

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 found God in all things.

The Manresa Program, 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 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.

Rev. Thomas Scirghi, SJ, ThD (Theology)

Manresa Scholars with Fr. Florio and Dean Parmach at the end-of-semester Manresa BBQ and reflection.

Scholars with Fr. Florio (center) and Dean Parmach (far left) at the end-of-semester Manresa Barbecue and reflection.

From the moment I met my new advisees/students on "move-in day", I felt like I was a part of something special. Getting to be with my students in different settings is such a unique, wonderful opportunity. The culture of Manresa embraces rigor in the classroom while also encouraging students to apply the materials to their experiences, interests and to larger communities. In doing so, we learn so much about each other. And I have loved the genuine way that service infuses the everyday lives of Manresa students and staff. I am grateful to be a faculty member in this program.

Rachel Annunziato, PhD (Psychology)