Retreat Center

RETREAT HOUSE

MONSERRAT (LOYOLA HOUSE), NAXXAR

 

Loyola House has been used by Jesuits since 1945, mostly as a novitiate, sometimes numbering even up  to 100 in the community. Eventually, it came to house various offices including the Provincial’s office and a community of Jesuits, most of them elderly and some infirm. Many are involved in various ministries,  some having the apostolate to pray for the pastoral work of the Society of Jesus. In 1972, part of the house was given to the Little Sisters of the Poor to start the Holy Family Home – a home for the elderly, which is now run by the Catholic Action.

Since 1995, the historic part of Loyola House was named Montserrat. Having recovered from his knee injury in battle, St. Ignatius Loyola had set out on a pilgrimage to the monastery at Montserrat near Barcelona. In his short stay at the monastery he spent an overnight praying in the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat where he made up his mind to pursue a new life of service to God, which he symbolized by placing his sword at the feet of the famous statue of Our Lady of Montserrat.

Thus this area in Loyola House was developed into an area where young people can stop over for short stays to also reflect on their life.

Montserrat offers the space for young people to grow deeper in spiritual and personal development and to thus foster a deeper relationship with Christ. It is thus open to activities which are of reflective and spiritual nature including:

• Retreats

• Day Seminars

• Live-ins for prayer groups which are prayer and reflection oriented

• Day retreats for SAC (or other) secondary or Sixth Form students.

• Individual retreats

• Meetings and reflection of prayer groups

 

Facilities that can be used at the Retreat House include:

-          Montserrat Chapel

-          A Kitchen (including cooker, microwave, refrigerator and freezer)- the place is self-catering

-          A Dining room which can take up to 18 persons

-          A social area including a table tennis table

-          A meeting place which can take up to 30 persons

-          A parlour for individual sessions

-          Two dormitories, to be used

o   one with 10 separate partitioned beds with adjacent showers and toilets

o   another with 8 bunk beds with separate showers and toilets close by

-          A separate bedroom for the leader.

-          Media facilities: television, stereo, video (multi-system) and DVD

-          You may also have access to the inner gardens of Loyola House for individual prayerful or activities of recollection, on agreement with Loyola House Superior. However, you may not use them for group recreation.

-          The former novices’ chapel – Trinity Chapel will also be available for groups.

AS FROM SEPTEMBER 2012, PERSONS USING THE PREMISES ARE INVITED TO CONTRIBUTE 10 EURO PER PERSON PER NIGHT DUE TO RISING COSTS OF MAINTENANCE AND WATER AND ELECTRICITY COSTS.

NB: Here are a few brochures which you can download for more info on this retreat house.

If you require anything else, please let us know and we will do our best to help you.

Contact

Christine Rossi

79827742


Lady of Monserrat

 

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