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Simple wood crucifix hangs in a retreatants room at the Manresa House of Retreats in Convent, La. Founded by the Jesuits, the retreat house is located in St. James Parish along the banks of the Mississippi River. The beautiful grounds and oak alleys provide the perfect backdrop to listen to one's inner spirit. Originally the site of Jefferson College, the 130-acre site offers three-day spiritual retreats for men. Made in silence, the retreats follow the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola.