A SERIES OF SPORTING AND CULTURAL EVENTS CREATED FOR THOSE THAT WISH TO DISCOVER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA.
The Manresa Cup is a series of yearly sporting and art performing events that take place in the city of Manresa, province of Barcelona, Spain, at different times of the year. The events utilize sports and arts as driving forces for bringing together age-grade students and Ignatian followers from all over the world to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
The events can include sports such us rugby, soccer/football, basketball, wrestling, golf, baseball, softball, tennis, among others, art activites like school music bands and choirs performing in front of peers and in iconic Ignatian places, as well as cultural expeditions, religious activities, and charitable projects.
The Manresa Cup provides its participants, the possibility of complementing their education by visiting those towns in Catalonia that St. Ignatius visited during his profound spiritual enlightenment and prior to his journey to the Holy Land.
The discoveries are made through the Ignatian Way in cities like Verdú, Igualada, Montserrat, and Manresa, retracing St. Ignatius steps, following the same streets he walked, the churches where he worshipped, and the cave where he began developing the Spiritual Exercises.
The Manresa Cup aspires to become a gathering point for worlwide Ignatian followers and age-grade students, as a milestone during their years at school and a turning point in their spiritual lives.
The legacy of the Manresa Cup will contribute tolocal charities, to maintain historical buildings, and to promote the Ignatian Way.
MANRESA is a small village, located 25 kilometers from Montserrat, where St. Ignatius of Loyola stayed and healed for 11 months, during his pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It houses the cave where Iñigo secluded himself and dedicated his solitude time to prayer, contemplation and meditation. This is where he developed the Spiritual Exercises, a universal reference in many aspects of today’s world.
The city of BARCELONA and its surroundings offers a variety of quality sporting facilities for various disciplines. The weather in the region of Catalonia allows us to organize sporting events year round. The streets of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona gives us the opportunity to follow the steps of St Ignatius and learn more about the time he spent in the city in 1523 before embarking for Italy and the Holy Land.
THE SPORTING EVENT
THE MANRESA CUP is a series of sport tournaments and art performing events aimed at bringing together age-grade students and ignatian followers from all over the world to experience an unforgettable experience.
The events offer diverse competitions, including sports such as rugby, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, tennis, among others, as well as cultural excursions, religious discoveries, and social responsibility activities.
SOME OTHER PLACES YOU WILL SEE
The famous Sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat is the place St. Ignatius of Loyola visited first when he passed through Catalonia on his way to Holy Land. This is where he exchanged his luxurious military uniform with a beggar for more humble clothes, consecrated himself to the Holy Virgin, and made a general confession of his whole life. He had neglected his appearance to such a point that he was popularly known as the man in the sackcloth because he only wore a simple tunic.
Verdú is part of the Ignatian way. Considered one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, it is the birthplace of the Jesuit Pere Claver, the missionary who carried out a vast evangelizing work in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias, helping, baptizing and indoctrinating slaves arriving from Africa. The town still hosts Claver’s antic house for tours and visits.
Igualada is another city in the pilgrimage way of Iñigo. Highlights the Basilica of Santa María, a Gothic and Renaissance church located in the center composed of a nave and twelve side chapels, one of which is dedicated to Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Romanesque hermitage of Sant Jaume Sesoliveres is one of the vestiges of pilgrim traffic in the region of Anoia.
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