Mount Manresa – See for Yourself!


What’s so special about this video?

  • It was made by four of our committee members who NEVER had any experience in video production.
  • The group met daily, and learned the software to make the video and tape the sound on the job.
  • They were an eclectic bunch with very varied cultural, religious and generational backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Hugh, Natalie, Beth and Helen didn’t even know eachother before the first rally for Mount Manresa on June 1, 2013
  • Together, they made this video and it is really a beautiful testament to what makes Mount Manresa such a special place and force in our community.

About Mount Manresa

Mount Manresa is 15 acres of land located at 239 Fingerboard Road, Staten Island, NY 10305, minutes away from the Staten Island Expressway and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. This land surrounded on three sides by urban housing and one of the most busiest highways in America, provides a natural habitat for many kinds of wildlife including deer.

Mount Manresa is the home of the first retreat house in America, has been owned by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for over 100 years. The 15 acre property, which is zoned for high density housing, such as apartment buildings or townhouses, is in the process of being sold to a local builder for $15.5 million.

The land of Mount Manresa has a rich geological history, with natural hills called a terminal moraine that once stretched across the Narrows and was formed by a massive continental glacier 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. The sprawling 15 acres, consisting of glacial hills and a beautiful valley are home to old rare tall native oak and tulip trees.

Mount Manresa has been a part of the community for over 100 years and has been a place of healing, recovery and reflection for hundreds of thousands of people who have visited through the years. Families and victims of 911 found peace and received counseling at Mount Manresa. Mount Manresa was used by Elissa Montani’s Global Relief Fund as a place of recovery for victims of war, natural disaster and illness. Most recently, Mount Manresa was a home for victims of Super Storm Sandy before the retreat house closed in 2013.

About the Committee to Save Mount Manresa This committee is a grassroots effort to protect the environment, the rich history of the land, and the quality of life on Staten Island. With the support of Staten Island Community Board 1, the Committee To Save Mount Manresa was formed, with the mission to do everything legally possible to save and protect this ecological and historical treasure before it is too late. The committee wants Mount Manresa turned into a much needed park for the public.

Contact: Jack Bolembach President Community Board 1 – Save Mount Manresa Committee | 347-267-4940

Barbara Sanchez Committee Secretary | 917-428-8117

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