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Spring Symposium

This one-credit (pass/fail) Manresa Symposium explores the relationship between the theoretical and practical experiences ofSt. Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus Jesuit education and social justice. In this interactive approach, we fuse intellectual discussions with service-related initiatives. The symposium grows out of the collaboration between Manresa faculty, Jesuit-in-residence house master, residential life staff, and the Office of Mission Integration and Planning and its Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Both on and off campus, this symposium emphasizes respectful dialogue, reflection, and action in the Jesuit educational tradition. All readings, materials, and services are provided at no charge to students. Dean Parmach will be present for all sessions of this symposium.

Open to: Manresa Scholars
Professor: Dr. Robert J. Parmach
Class Meetings: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 pm (Loyola Study Commons)







  • Byron, W.J., SJ. 2000. "Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Lay Colleagues and Friends."
  • Florio, P.A., SJ. 2013. "Introduction to Ignatius Loyola, The Society of Jesus, and Jesuit Education."
  • Nicolas, A., SJ. 2010. "Depth, Universality, and Learned Ministry: Challenges to Jesuit Higher Education Today"
  • Parmach, R.J. 2012. "Doing What's Right: The Value of the Other Half: Qualifying Cura Personalis." Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. Vol. 41(1): 20-21.
  • Pranis, K. 2005. "Introduction" in Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking.


Students are expected to attend all sessions of the symposium; complete the relevant readings in advance of each classroom meeting; participate in discussions and service-related initiatives and programs; and maintain an Ignatian Service Journal (provided).


Highlighted Initiatives

  • NYC Midnight Run Food and Clothing Service Project
    Manresa Scholars sorting clothes for the Midnight Run Service Project.

    Scholars sort clothes for the Midnight Run project.

  • Meditation Night in the University Church
  • Relay for Life Awareness Event & Fundraiser (American Cancer Society)
  • Parish Fun Night at Our Lady of Fatima Grammar School (Queens, NY)
  • Urban Immersion Alternative Spring Break Service Project
  • Murray-Weigel Hall Jesuit Infirmary visits on Rose Hill campus
  • Hunger Clean-up Cooperative with Fairfield University Campus Ministry
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic grade school tutoring