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'Jesuit Retreat House' enters a new era

Groundbreaking for new $5 million expansion

3:57 PM, Jun. 21, 2013
The Jesuit Retreat House's Manresa residential building, left, will be replaced by a new building as part of a $4 million buildings improvement campaign.The LaStorta building, right, was built in 1917. It will be renovated into an individual and group conference center.
The Jesuit Retreat House's Manresa residential building, left, will be replaced by a new building as part of a $4 million buildings improvement campaign.The LaStorta building, right, was built in 1917. It will be renovated into an individual and group conference center.
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The Jesuit Retreat House has been a slice of spirituality and serenity on the western shore of Lake Winnebago for more than six decades.

After a century of use for a variety of purposes, including a lumber business and home for disabled children, the Society of Jesus bought the heavily wooded 23-acre site in 1952. The Jesuits used it for nine years as a novitiate, a place where young men spent two years studying and deciding if they had a true calling to the priesthood. In 1961, it became a retreat center in which lay people could get away from the cares of daily life and strengthen their relationship ...

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