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Alley of St. Joseph, Manresa Retreat – Located in Convent, Louisiana, on the east bank Mississippi River, Manresa House of Retreats was built around 1830. Originally named Jefferson College after Thomas Jefferson, it was a nonsectarian institution of higher learning where, prior to the Civil War, many wealthy Louisiana planters’ sons enrolled to receive a classical education. The Greek-revival design main building survived the Civil War as a barracks for federal troops. Manresa was purchased in 1864 by Valcour Aime, brother-in-law to Oak Alley Plantation owner, Jacques T. Roman III. Aime was estimated to be the wealthiest man in the South at the time. He donated the property and school buildings of Jefferson College to the Catholic Marist Fathers who again ran the school as a college. In 1931, Jesuit priests took over the school. Today the Jesuits operate Manresa as a retreat facility for laymen of all denominations.
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Alley of St. Joseph, Manresa Retreat – Located in Convent, Louisiana, on the east bank Mississippi River, Manresa House of Retreats was built around 1830. Originally named Jefferson College after Thomas Jefferson, it was a nonsectarian institution of higher learning where, prior to the Civil War, many wealthy Louisiana planters’ sons enrolled to receive a classical education. The Greek-revival design main building survived the Civil War as a barracks for federal troops. Manresa was purchased in 1864 by Valcour Aime, brother-in-law to Oak Alley Plantation owner, Jacques T. Roman III. Aime was estimated to be the wealthiest man in the South at the time. He donated the property and school buildings of Jefferson College to the Catholic Marist Fathers who again ran the school as a college. In 1931, Jesuit priests took over the school. Today the Jesuits operate Manresa as a retreat facility for laymen of all denominations.