The Pedro Arrupe Chapel
The retreat house chapel was part of development and building undertaken in the mid-sixties. The architect Andrew Devane designed and oversaw the building of the new retreat house and chapel.
Completed in September 1967, the chapel is one of Andy Devane’s many works of liturgical or religious interest in which sensitivity to and awareness of the work of liturgy is evident. His correspondence about the chapel and notes on its construction (see the texts accompanying images here) convey confident understanding of personal and corporate spirituality and professional architectural discipline.
The building represents an important exploration of post-conciliar liturgical principles. The placement of the tabernacle was of critical importance to Andy Devane, though opposed by the Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid. Devane argued against a central placing, insisting that the spiral design of the building called for a more creative response.
The chapel was named the Pedro Arrupe Chapel in 2007, in memory of the Jesuit Superior General, the centenary of whose birth was being observed.
- The Pedro Arrupe Chapel in Manresa is usually open to the public from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm on weekdays. It is occasionally reserved for use during retreats and other functions - enquiry to reception will let you know.