ISP Bay Area
Founded in 1998 in Chicago, IL by Fr. Bill Creed, SJ, and Ed Shurna (formerly Executive Director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless), the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) offers experiences of hope, healing, and belonging to men and women recovering from homelessness and addiction. By inviting our participants into a deeper encounter with the God of their understanding, ISP retreats and spiritual programs provide the encouragement and empowerment necessary to make real, transformative life changes. Today, ISP offers retreats, follow up and spiritual accompaniment programs across the United States, Canada, and Ireland.
The first ISP Bay Area retreat for men took place in April, 2005. Three years later, a men’s team formed and began holding regular retreats at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos in 2008.
ISP Bay Area offers two overnight retreats for men and corresponding follow-up days of reflection annually, as well as occasional ongoing spiritual accompaniment. The first ISP women’s retreat was held in May, 2009. After a few years’ hiatus, the women’s team is currently in the process of re-launching.