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POSTPONED: Encountering Hope: Engaging Homelessness, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care in Toronto

March 21, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Please note this event has been postponed. Updated details regarding rescheduling will be placed on the Regis College website when available.


Join the Ignatian Spirituality Project – Toronto team for a half-day symposium at Regis College. This event will showcase the transformative work of ISP and help participants understand the challenges of homelessness and addiction recovery in Toronto through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.

Guest speakers will take part in two panel discussions:


Panel 1: “Homelessness in Toronto Today” (an interdisciplinary look at the problem of homelessness in Toronto)

  • Moderator: Leanne Kloppenborg, Director, Mission &Values and Volunteers – Fontbonne Ministries
  • Speaker #1: Joe Mihevc, former Toronto City Councillor for Ward 21, public policy context of homelessness in the city
  • Speaker #2: Jo Connelly, Executive Director – Inner City Family Health Team, addressing the social services for the homelessness
  • Speaker #3: An ISP retreatant, providing a first-hand account of the experience of living on the streets of Toronto


Panel 2: “The Role of Spirituality in the Healing of Addiction and Homelessness”

  • Moderator: Maureen Baldwin, CND
  • Speaker #1: Kevin Kelly, SJ, Director of ISP-Toronto, giving an overview of the Ignatian Spirituality Project and its objectives
  • 3-4 ISP retreatants will share their experiences of recovery and their spiritual journeys


Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Regis College – 100 Wellesley Street W., Toronto


The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) began in Chicago over 20 years ago and is now established in over 30 cities in the United States. ISP expanded to Toronto in early 2015, founded by students and staff associated with Regis College. ISP-Toronto offers men and women overnight retreat experiences in retreat centres outside of the city, as well as follow-up days of reflection and ongoing spiritual companionship in locations in the downtown core. Through a blend of Ignatian Spirituality and 12-step recovery principles, ISP retreats and spiritual support are effective and important resources in laying a foundation of hope and healing for those living on the margins.

To learn more about the Ignatian Spirituality Project, visit the ISP Toronto page on our website or IgnatianSpiritualityProject.org


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March 21, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Regis College


Regis College
100 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Z5 Canada
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