Ignatian Spirituality Project

Spiritual Accompaniment of Homeless Persons in Recovery

About Us

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Mission and Vision

 

The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) began in 1999 in Chicago when Fr. Bill Creed, SJ was asked to make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius available to people with experiences of homelessness. Today, ISP is an international network with retreat programs in 30 cities in the United States and Canada. Over 800 volunteers serve more than 2,000 retreatants a year through over 200 retreats.

 

Our Retreats

 

Our retreats are grounded in the Spiritual Exercises, a retreat program with some 500 years of tradition. The Exercises focus on seeking union with one’s Higher Power through inner freedom. In our experience, because persons who are experiencing homelessness, like many others, can struggle with feelings of isolation and hopelessness, retreats are a helpful resource. Our retreat is designed specifically to focus on building community, fostering hope, and finding freedom to spark further transformation.

 

People of all or no faith traditions are welcome on retreat since we do not evangelize or preach any particular faith practices. Similar to 12-Step programs, the participant is welcomed to connect with their Higher Power as they find helpful. We hope all can arrive with an open mind and open heart.

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ISP Network

 

ISP is an international network of over thirty cities in the United States and Canada that offer the retreat program. This year ISP will reach over 2,000 retreatants through retreats, days of reflection, and ongoing spiritual accompaniment. In each city, we partner with local service providers to give individuals a chance to reconnect with themselves and to rediscover hope and strength for their journey.

ISP Toronto Team

 

In the fall of 2016, ISP expanded to Toronto where, through an innovative partnership with Regis College, we provided our first ISP-Toronto retreats.

 

Our committed team of core volunteers is trained and supported by the ISP Network Office in Chicago. Team members include staff and faculty of Regis College, Jesuit seminarians, and volunteers with extensive experience supporting individuals on journeys of healing and recovery through spiritual direction and retreat ministry.

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About Us

ISPhand
Mission and Vision

The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) began in 1999 in Chicago when Fr. Bill Creed, SJ was asked to make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius available to people with experiences of homelessness. Today, ISP is an international network with retreat programs in 30 cities in the United States and Canada. Over 800 volunteers serve more than 2,000 retreatants a year through over 200 retreats.

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Our Retreats

Our retreats are grounded in the Spiritual Exercises, a retreat program with some 500 years of tradition. The Exercises focus on seeking union with one’s Higher Power through inner freedom. In our experience, because persons who are experiencing homelessness, like many others, can struggle with feelings of isolation and hopelessness, retreats are a helpful resource. Our retreat is designed specifically to focus on building community, fostering hope, and finding freedom to spark further transformation.

People of all or no faith traditions are welcome on retreat since we do not evangelize or preach any particular faith practices. Similar to 12-Step programs, the participant is welcomed to connect with their Higher Power as they find helpful. We hope all can arrive with an open mind and open heart.

regiscolab
ISP Network

ISP is an international network of over thirty cities in the United States and Canada that offer the retreat program. This year ISP will reach over 2,000 retreatants through retreats, days of reflection, and ongoing spiritual accompaniment. In each city, we partner with local service providers to give individuals a chance to reconnect with themselves and to rediscover hope and strength for their journey.

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ISP Toronto Team

In the fall of 2016, ISP expanded to Toronto where, through an innovative partnership with Regis College, we provided our first ISP-Toronto retreats.

Our committed team of core volunteers is trained and supported by the ISP Network Office in Chicago. Team members include staff and faculty of Regis College, Jesuit seminarians, and volunteers with extensive experience supporting individuals on journeys of healing and recovery through spiritual direction and retreat ministry.

What We Do

 

  • Retreats
  • Spirituality of the Retreat
  • Interested in Attending a Retreat?
  • For Service Providers
  • Location
  • Retreat Cost
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Four over-night, Ignatian-style retreats are offered each year for small groups of retreatants, two retreats for men and two for women. There are also one-day “follow up” retreats to reconnect the members of each over-night retreat available for anyone interested in deepening their spiritual journey.

ignatius centre riverRetreats are grounded in the 500-year-old tradition of Ignatian Spirituality. However, people of all faith traditions are welcome since we do not evangelize or preach any particular faith practices. Similar to 12-Step programs, the participant is welcomed to connect with their higher power as they find helpful. We hope all can arrive with an open mind and open heart.

 

 

 

 

To learn more about St. Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality:

 

To learn more about the Spiritual Exercises and their connection with the 12-Step program:

Villa st joseph benchAre you interested in spirituality? On a journey of healing and/or recovery? Seeking to deepen your connection with community and your Higher Power? If so, you might want to experience a retreat with ISP.

 

An ISP retreat is a good fit for anyone who is wanting to work on their spiritual life and recovery. A retreat is not about escaping from reality or being preached at. Instead, it is a chance to meet and help build a community of peers who are going through similar things. A retreat is a chance to share in each other’s journeys and to experience the presence of God or your Higher Power within your life story.

 

To learn more about how ISP has made a difference in people’s lives:

IMG_1016We partner with service providers throughout the city of Toronto to invite men and women who are already working toward ending their homelessness to attend ISP retreats.

 

Often these persons are:

  • Sober for two months
  • Willing to share their story
  • Wanting to companion with others on their journey

 

 

For more information about making a referral:

ignatius centreISP Toronto retreats are held at Villa St. Joseph, Ecology & Spirituality Centre, in Cobourg, Ontario, and at Loyola House, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, in Guelph, Ontario. The beauty of the natural settings of these retreat centres provide a context of peace and tranquility.

 

“Beautiful setting provided a healing context for growth” 

 

“Nature helped me relax and be more peaceful and appreciate beauty and companionship”

 

–Toronto ISP Retreatants

 

Villa St JosephThere is no cost to the participant or the referring agency to participate in a retreat. ISP fundraises to provide the accommodation, food, and transportation to the retreats. We also receive generous support through the subsidized fees we pay to our retreat centres.

Villa St Joseph sunsetWant to learn more about the Ignatian Spirituality Project? We would love to hear from you!

 

For more information about our retreats, spiritual accompaniment, volunteer opportunities, or donating to support ISP Toronto, please contact info@isptoronto.org.

What Retreatants Say

“I thrive and feel great when there is a loving community.”
“I learned that I can heal.”
 “I learned I can still provide value for people who are much farther up the learning curve on self-examination.”
“The retreat reinforced that I am on the right path.”
“It’s a deeper step and commitment toward my practice of recovery. Each step reinforces the one before.”
“I learned not to give up and that my hope is really restored.”

“The retreat reminded me I have a spiritual side”

 “I learned it is possible to trust in inner guidance from God” 

“The retreat deepened and broadened my perspective”