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THE PLACE

The Land & Location

Ink sketch of front entry by Jean H. Brown
Manresa's Front Gate
an ink sketch by Jean H. Brown
[click image for other "Manresa" art]

Manresa, in the city of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, occupies 37.18 acres, partly wooded, partly landscaped, located 16 miles north of the center of Detroit. We are on the northwest corner of the intersection of Woodward Avenue and "16 Mile Road," which is known as Quarton west of Woodward, and Big Beaver Road to the east.. A nature trail through the woods circles the grounds. Some of the land is flood plain along the main branch of the young Rouge River.

At Manresa on the right day you might see snapping turtles laying their eggs or baby turtles hatching and heading for the water. If you're lucky you may see hawks, owls, deer, fox, raccoon or coyote! One knowledgeable retreatant during a brief individually directed retreat reported she had spotted the following birds: American Crow, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing, Chimney Swift, Chipping Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, English Sparrow, Grackle, Gray Catbird, Great Blue Heron, House Finch, House Sparrow, House Wren, Mallard duck, Mourning Dove, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Robin, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Vulture, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Take a virtual tour of the grounds.

See a map of the grounds.

Driving Directions to Manresa

From the EAST, take Long Lake to Woodward and head south, or Maple or 14 Mile Rd to Woodward and head north. If you come west by Big Beaver you will need to turnnorth or south at Adams.

From WOODWARD AVENUE, go north or south on Woodward to Quarton Road (16 Mile), and turn west; you will find Manresa immediately on the northwest corner of Woodward and Quarton.

From INTERSTATE 75, get off the Interstate at Big Beaver (16 Mile Road) and then go west to Woodward and enter Manresa on the northwest corner.

From CLEVELAND (3 hrs 8 min) / AKRON (3 hrs 24 min), take I-80 (Ohio Turnpike) west to Toledo exit I-280; take I-280 north 12.2 miles to I-75; take I-75 north to exit onto Big Beaver (16 Mile Road) and then go west to Woodward and enter Manresa on the northwest corner.

From TELEGRAPH ROAD, go north or south on Telegraph to E. Quarton Road (16 Mile), and turn east and go 3.1 miles. You will find the back entrance into Manresa on your left about a block before Woodward Avenue.

From DETROIT METRO AIRPORT, take I-94 west to I-275 north; take I-275 north about 19 miles to I-696; take I-696 east about 8 miles to Telegraph Road (US-24); take Telegraph Road north 4.7 miles to E. Quarton (16 Mile); take E. Quarton Road east 3.1 miles. You will find the back entrance into Manresa on your left about a block before Woodward Avenue.

From the West CHICAGO, take I-94 east to I-275; take I-275 north about 19 miles to I-696; take I-696 east about 8 miles to Telegraph Road (US-24); take Telegraph Road north 4.7 miles to E. Quarton (16 Mile); take E. Quarton Road east 3.1 miles. You will find the back entrance into Manresa on your left about a block before Woodward Avenue.

From the West GRAND RAPIDS (2 hrs 11 Min.) / LANSING (1 hr 29 min), take I-96 east to Telegraph, and continue as above.

Buildings & Facilities

A print by R E Hallaghan called Manresa's Bell Tower
Manresa's Bell Tower
print by R. E. Hallaghan
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The main house was built in sections: the 1936 structure which replaced the destroyed original mansion, the 1951 chapel wing, and the 1966 Wernert L-shaped wing from the chapel to near the present front door, all in the style known as Detroit Cotswold. Fr. Simon extended the chapel and dining room and added the Administrative Wing. The building now has accommodations for about 72 retreatants and houses a main chapel, two small prayer chapels, a comfortable library, dining room, offices, and two large meeting rooms.

La Storta is the name of the building that was originally a gate house at the back entrance. Three separate cottages as well as rooms adjoining St. Joseph's Jesuit residence provide more ample quarters for longer-term retreatants. The former pump house has been converted into a prayer chapel (the Cardoner chapel). The barns, garage and workshop from the original estate survive and are still in use.

The facilities are available for use by groups with aims compatible with Manresa's. Take a virtual tour of the grounds and facilities.



Manresa Jesuit Retreat House                      1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills MI 48304                      Phone:  248.644.4933