History and Mission | Ignatian Spirituality Project

History and Mission

Our Story

Our story begins in 1998 when, friends Ed Shurna, a long-time community organizer and Bill Creed, SJ, a renowned spiritual director, came together in the hopes of creating an experience to help build community, hope and transformation among those experiencing homelessness.

Bill and Ed found that the spiritual life was a source of hope amid deep discouragement. They developed a retreat that drew upon the 500 year old tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in the contemporary language of the 12-step recovery movement.

Word of the retreats spread and a national network was born.

In 2006 we incorporated as a 501(c)3 and in 2008 hired our first full time staff.

Our network has grown to almost 30 cities across the US and Canada and includes over 800 volunteers serving over 2,000 retreatants a year through over 200 retreats.

Our Vision and Mission

The Ignatian Spiritual Project offers men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction the opportunity to change their lives. Ignatian spirituality and Ignatian retreats are an effective and important resource in laying a foundation of hope which can lead to further and long lasting transformation.

Our Five-Fold Approach:

  1. We offer retreats inspired by Ignatian Spirituality to those who are homeless and seeking recovery.
  2. We form teams with men and women who are homeless, in order to conduct Ignatian retreats, offer witness, and provide spiritual companionship.
  3. We reach out to new cities to build and from retreat teams to offer our programs.
  4. We seek to further our established national network of dedicated volunteers to respond to the spiritual needs of those who are homeless.
  5. We collaborate with communities and agencies working to end the injustice of homelessness.

We are eager to hear of your own hopes and dreams.  Please Contact Us.


Ignatian Spirituality Project | 1641 South Allport Chicago, IL 60608| 312.226.9184 | info@ispretreats.org