Save the Date for our next Company of Grace: March 9th, 2023!
Last spring, we welcomed National Humanities Medalist, award-winning podcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett to the Company of Grace 2022: Cannonballs and Crossroads! Krista joined us for the evening to engage in a dialogue with 2 of our alumni leaders about the cannonballs and crossroads in our lives, what recovery looks like, and the role of companions along the road.
Stay tuned for more details about our 2023 Company of Grace, nad how you can be a part of the celebration!
Company of Grace award
The Ignatian Spirituality Project invites people recovering from homelessness and addiction to experience God’s love, hope and healing through spiritual companionship that transforms lives. The Company of Grace is named in honor of the first lay companions of St. Ignatius of Loyola who dedicated themselves to serving the spiritual and material needs of the poor. In 2013, ISP created the Company of Grace event and an accompanying award, which has honored over 2 dozen individuals across our network. With the award, ISP recognizes committed champions of our ministry, building a modern Company of Grace.
Company of Grace 2022 Honorees
In March 2022, we were thrilled to honor two exceptional champions of ISP: Sr. Teresa Laengle, SC, and Karen Clifton.
Sister Teresa Marie Laengle, a lifetime educator and long-time champion of the ISP Dayton team, celebrated 60 years with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Community in 2021. Sr. Teresa taught chemistry Elizabeth Seton High School in South Holland, Illinois, where she was also served as assistant principal as well as was named principal.
In 1988, Sr. Teresa’s ministry took her in a different direction; she accepted a position as an instrument technician at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Springfield, Ohio. Soon after, in 1991, Sister served as a science teacher at Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio, until 1992 when she became the assistant principal, and later in 1996 as principal until 2004.
Sr. Teresa helped to found the ISP Dayton team in 2010 and served as the women’s team coordinator for over 11 years. Her tireless dedication to the women she ministered to and served will have a long-lasting impact on the Dayton team.
Sr. Teresa received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, and her master’s degree in natural science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. In her spare time Sister Teresa Marie enjoys photography, card making, art work (especially watercolors), reading, writing, singing, scrapbooking and spending time in nature.
Karen Clifton is currently the founding Executive Coordinator of the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition. Previously, she served as the founding Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national faith-based organization working to end the use of the death penalty and promote restorative justice.
In 2008, Karen helped launch ISP’s Washington, DC affiliate, and served as the women’s team coordinator for over 13 years. She helped develop long-standing partnerships with Holy Trinity Catholic Church and N Street Village, and her wisdom and leadership for over a decade helped the DC affiliate flourish. Karen served on ISP’s Board of Directors from 2016 to 2021, and remains a trusted advisor to the organization through participation on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.
Karen has been an organizer and advocate since 1990. Her work has been associated with the Catholic Worker, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the San Jose Clinic, and IDS ministry. Karen holds a BS in Physical Therapy and a Masters in Divinity from University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s School of Theology, and has worked in spiritual direction since 1996. She is the mother of five adult children and grandmother to ten grandchildren.
Thank you to our 2022 Company of Grace sponsors!
Scott and JoAnn Haner
Kathy Letourneau & Tom Fineis
Allison Loecke & Friends
Erin and Tom Maiorca
Mike and Jeannine Phelan
Jim and Ferne Sweany
Mary and Jim Tracy
Maureen Kennedy Barney
Kathleen and Michael Bliss
Ted and Mary Ann Hocter