Manresa Retreat House
Each year over sixty-two hundred men from all across Louisiana and beyond make an annual pilgrimage to Manrea House of Retreats in Convent, Louisiana. The three day non-denominational retreats hosted by Jesuit priests are based on the Saint Ignatius spiritual exercises. Manresa is a place where men come to mediate and be rejuvenated spiritually.

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Manresa Cross

“Anyone who has sat in quite reflection under these trees knows their beauty, strength and history.” – Michael Dale (Anne Dale Jewelers)

Men of Manresa rooted in prayer, symbolically represented in the old oak tree – its strength, protection and wisdom. While nearby the passage-of-time flows much like the uninterrupted power of the Mississippi River.

Yet both MAN and TIME stop or at least pause in this holy place in silence – the beauty of it all.

Saint Joseph alley is a spacious pathway of majestic oaks leading from Manresa to the mighty Mississippi River, these trees were planted during construction of the main house in the 1830’s. Today, many of them measure nearly twenty-two feet in circumference and are among some of the oldest oak trees in Louisiana. Sadly one of the nearly two-hundred-year-old oak trees had fallen during a 2015 spring storm.

Making of the Manresa Cross

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Grounds keeper Adrien Delbasty gathered up the wood for jeweler Michael Dale (whose family has been attending Manresa since the 1930s) to begin the process of crafting these crosses.

Saint Joseph Abbey Monastery is a Romanesque bricked Catholic church founded in 1889 . Unlike many churches in south Louisiana the Abbey has no stained glass windows; but extensive theological murals painted by Gregory de Wit a Belgium Monk.


Saint Joseph Abbey Church

Like many people growing-up in 1960’s, New Orleans jewelry designer Anne Dale was emerged in a unique rich spiritual environment and her family’s Catholic faith\heritage.

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Handsome Mens Cuff Links

When it comes to jewelry men are often at a loss, a watch and wedding band make up the entire jewelry collection for most guys. Real men and wise guys give wonderful sparkling jewelry to their lady but seldom consider purchasing an item for themselves.

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Simon’s Cross™ – Sideways Cross

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Simon Helps Jesus

My Jesus, * Your strength is failing fast. You can no longer drag the cross. * That is why the soldiers force Simon to help You. ‘As Simon was chosen to assist You then, * so I am chosen to help You now. I What I do to the least of my fellow man, * I do to You, my God.

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